Iceland urges Faroes to adopt gay marriage

Iceland has had equal marriage legislation since 2010.

Iceland has had equal marriage legislation since 2010. Photo: AFP/Geoff Robins

Iceland’s Young Socialists have sent a letter to the Representative Office of the Faroe Islands in Reykjavik urging the Faroese parliament to pass a bill legalising same-sex marriage.

“Yes to love. Yes to equality. Yes to marriage,” is the simple message contained in the missive.

The bill goes before the Faroese parliament for a second reading today. The Faroe Islands is the only Nordic country not to have adopted same-sex unions in any form.

The Faroe Islands is a self-governing country within the Kingdom of Denmark, which legalised same-sex registered partnerships in 1989 and same-sex marriage in 2012.

“Iceland’s Young Socialists urge the Faroese parliament to extend the country’s marriage laws to cover marriage of two persons of the same gender,” the group’s letter reads.

“We also urge Iceland’s Foreign Minister [Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson] to bring pressure to bear on the Faroese parliament to pass the bill and secure the equal rights of homosexuals to marry.”

Iceland's Young Socialists.

Iceland's Young Socialists.

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