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Faroe Islands legalizes same-sex marriage

Faroe Islands have become final Nordic country to legalize same-sex marriage
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The self-governing archipelago known as the Faroe Islands have made it legal for same-sex couples to get married.

This kingdom of Denmark with a population of over 48,000 people lies northwest of Scotland and half-way between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic.

This is the final Nordic country to legalize same-sex marriage.

The governing party voted 19 to 14 in favor of the unions on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Denmark passed same-sex marriage laws in 2012 to include unions in churches, however, the Faroese believed Christian parties would reject the law if that were allowed to happen throughout the islands and omitted it from the proposal.  

A poll in 2013 found that two-thirds of Faroese people were supportive of same-sex marriage, and in 2015, elected their first openly gay politician to parliament, Sonja Jógvansdóttir.