With very little fanfare and zero opposition, Iceland's parliament legalizes marriage equality, reports Reuters.
"The Althingi parliament voted 49 to zero to change the wording of marriage legislation to include matrimony between 'man and man, woman and woman,' in addition to unions between men and women. Iceland, a socially tolerant island nation of about 320,000 people, became the first country to elect an openly gay head of state in 2009 when Social Democrat Johanna Sigurdardottir (pictured) became prime minister after being nominated by her party. ... Iceland's protestant church has yet to decide whether to allow same-sex marriages in church, although the law says 'ministers will always be free to perform (gay) marriage ceremonies, but never obliged to.'"
Iceland becomes the ninth nation to mandate marriage equality. The other eight nations include The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, and most recently Portugal.