Apropos the last post, our Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and her spouse Jónína Leósdóttir got married today.
According to RÚV, they are among the first gay couples to legally marry under the new matrimony laws that took effect today. No formal ceremony is said to have taken place, though.
I had dinner with a group of European journalists last Friday [sponsored by the European Union – amx, are you listening?] and the people at our table were marvelling at the fact that the sexual orientation of our prime minister is a non-issue here in Iceland. They said that this would never be the case in their respective countries.
Personally I can’t envision how a person’s sexual preference could possibly be held against them in politics. I mean, on what grounds would you criticize someone’s political decisions because they’re gay?
But they’re right — Jóhanna’s sexual orientation has never been an issue here in Iceland. It’s just doesn’t figure in the general discourse. Part of it, I suppose, is that she herself has never flaunted it — she’s openly gay and everyone knows it, but she’s never used it to challenge convention or held it up as a particular cause. She just goes about her business like everyone else.
And so, big congratulations to Jóhanna and Jónína on their wedding day!