In a unanimous vote of 49 for and 0 opposed, Iceland has ratified a law updating the definition of marriage to include same-sex unions.
The small country made history last year when Johanna Sigurdardottir was elected prime minister and became the world's only openly-gay head of state. As Reuters reports, Icelandic attitudes towards homosexuality have steadily grown more accepting, culminating in Sigurdardottir's election.
Gay rights activists in the U.S. have been lobbying with Barack Obama since his election to make the same move in America, but the urgency of the issue has been eclipsed by the troubled economy, national security, and other issues.
Iceland, despite taking crippling blows to its own economy in the past couple of years, undertook the parliamentary vote yesterday.