Iceland’s new marriage laws came into force yesterday, allowing same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples. Church services across the country yesterday celebrated the new law and marriage generally.
The atmosphere at Langholtskirkja church in Reykjavik was carnival-like and Reverend Jon Helgi Thorarinsson used his mass to congratulate Iceland on its new law, saying that the institution of marriage has been strengthened and now includes everyone.
Afterwards he told RUV that he has received a very positive reception to his mass and to the new marriage law. He said he knows of at least one gay couple wishing to get married right away and intending to do so in the next few weeks.