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Iceland’s gay PM marries partner under new law

<p>Iceland’s Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has married her long-term partner, her office said yesterday, making her the world's first national leader with a same-sex spouse.</p>

Iceland’s Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has married her long-term partner, her office said yesterday, making her the world's first national leader with a same-sex spouse.


Sigurdardottir, 67, married writer Jonina Leosdottir on Sunday, the day a new law took effect defining marriage as a union between two consenting adults regardless of sex.


The two had a civil union for years, but celebrated their marriage under the new law at a church service on Sunday — which was also the international day for gay rights.


The prime minister’s office said Sigurdardottir sent a message to the gathering saying the new law was a cause for celebration for all Icelanders and adding: “I have today taken advantage of this new legislation.”


The Lutheran State Church has long been split on the issue of same-sex marriage, and the church congress in April did not unanimously support the new legislation.


Sigurdardottir, who has children from a previous heterosexual marriage, is the world’s only openly gay prime minister. Her sexuality has never been an issue in Iceland, which, like the other Nordic states, has a history of tolerance.

 
 
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