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article imagePrime minister of Iceland marries same-sex partner

By Andrew John     Jun 29, 2010 in Lifestyle
Iceland’s new prime minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, has become one of the first in the country to enter into a same-sex marriage, thanks to a recent change in the law.
The law legalising same-sex marriage was passed in the country’s parliament on June 11, with no opposition. Sigurðardóttir became the new PM last year.
The law came into force on the day this week that Sigurðardóttir and her partner, Jónína Leósdóttir, chose to turn what had been a civil union into a marriage.
Sigurðardóttir’s first marriage was to a man in 1970, and the couple had two sons in 1972 and 1977.
Her move to power was sparked by 14 weeks of unrest in Iceland over the country’s handling of the economy.
The then-prime minister, Geir Haarde, tended the coalition government’s resignation to President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, and the president asked the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left Green Movement to form a new alliance. The 57-year-old Sigurðardóttir eventually became prime minister.
Her partner, born in 1954, is an author and playwright. They had been in their civil union since 2002.
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