From Iceland — Mayor Wants To Marry Couples

Mayor Wants To Marry Couples

Published November 24, 2011

Reykjavík mayor Jón Gnarr has formally asked for an exception to the law, so that he may preside over marrying couples both gay and straight.
As it is now, only three types of people are allowed to perform wedding ceremonies: clergy of a religious organisation, sheriffs, and ship captains on the open sea. Vísir reports that the mayor would like that to change.
Jón says he gets many requests, in particular from gay couples, to perform wedding ceremonies, and to his mind, including “sheriffs” on the list of people who can perform weddings is old fashioned. With that in mind, he submitted a formal request to the Ministry of the Interior to have an exception to the law made which would allow him to conduct wedding ceremonies.
“I see this as an opportunity for Reykjavík to make its mark even better as a pioneering city in the area of the rights of homosexuals,” he told reporters.

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