Friday, May 9, 2014

Homosexuality in Iceland

In 2009 in Iceland, when Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became the first openly gay Prime Minister, the marriage law was almost immediately amended to be between two people, officially making gay marriage legal. Prohibition laws against sexual orientation discrimination have been in place since 1996. Same sex couples have also had equal rights in adoption and other child services since 2006. In 2012, laws were passed that required the University Hospital of Iceland to dedicate and entire department to diagnosing gender dysphoria and to gender reassignment surgery in which case, people can legally change their name, gender, social security number and ID. Gay pride parades are held every August. It is very clear that Iceland, as the country is in almost everything, is way ahead of other countries with making the LGBT community feel completely equal. The laws of Iceland are very progressive especially in comparison to countries like the United States in which gay marriage laws are just starting to come around yet only in certain states.

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