The Faroe Islands Say No To Same-Sex Marriage

The tiny Nordic country of some 48,000 inhabitants is halfway between Iceland and Norway.

The Faroe Islands, a tinycountry wedged between Norway and Iceland, has rejected same-sex marriage.

On March 16, the Faroe Islands parliament voted on an equal marriage amendment, which was rejected 26 out of 33.

That’s even though 75% of the country’s 48,700 inhabitants support same-sex marriage, according to a 2013 poll. And nearly 10% of the entire population marched in a 2014 Pride parade.

Last year MP Sonja Jógvansdóttir became the first out person elected to the Faroese parliament, winning the third most votes in the country.

Although the islands are considered an autonomous region of Denmark, which passed equal marriage in 2012, they are the sole remaining Nordic country that does not recognize any forms of same-sex unions.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.