Icelandic Priests Cannot Deny Gay Marriage - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelandic Priests Cannot Deny Gay Marriage

The National Church Of Iceland completed talks yesterday which concluded that “priests in Iceland cannot deny two people of marriage based on sexual orientation,” according to Pressan.

Gay rights were on the agenda during the talks–especially the concept of “freedom of conscience.” “Freedom of conscience” would allow priests to decide based on religious or personal grounds whether to perform a ceremony. The Bishop of Iceland, Agnes M. Sigurðardóttir, will not recommend allowing freedom of conscience to be practiced by priests and added, “…the church is primarily a channel of the love of Christ and celebrates life in all its diversity.”

This comes after only nine years since same-sex partnerships were legalized nationally and only 75 years after homosexual acts were decriminalized. This revelation within the church, the arbiters of the creator of the universe, is better late than never. Homosexual love by modern humans is estimated to have been taking place for roughly 200,000 years.


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