By a unanimous vote — you read that correctly, a unanimous vote — the Icelandic Parliament just voted for marriage equality. The vote itself wasn’t a huge surprise — the country has the world’s first openly gay head of government, Johanna Sigurdardottir; her sexual orientation wasn’t a big deal when she was installed as Prime Minister last year.
Here’s a takeaway quote from the Reuters story:
“The attitude in Iceland is fairly pragmatic,” said Gunnar Helgi Kristinsson, a political scientist at the University of Iceland. “It (gay marriage) has not been a big issue in national politics — it’s not been controversial.”
When I read the story, I thought I might make some snarky comment about how volcano’s eruption and gay marriage were connected (not sexually — where’s your mind?), in the tried-and-silly “God’s wrath” meme. Never mind that the volcano came first, unless we want to attribute sloppiness to God. (This reminds me of a Christianist evangelist who blamed Katrina’s carnage on God’s wrath against the licentiousness of New Orleans, especially the rampaging of the gays. He didn’t seem to notice that those most affected by the disaster were the poor.)
But then I was reminded that there’s hardly ever a need for sarcasm. You can find these sorts of wacky pronouncements anywhere you look. Here was the first comment on the Reuters story, from someone styling himself Moses 10. :
Don’t think its a good time to disobey GOD’s commandments, especialy [sic] when They have Volcanoes erupting on that Island.
Now watch the other Big Volcanoe [sic] Erupt and cover the Whole island in ASH.
So the first eruption was a warning: Don’t pass gay marriage laws or Iceland will be no more.
What’s Moses 10’s take on the BP oil spill?