Published On: Tue, Dec 4th, 2012

First gay marriage in Dutch Caribbean

THE BOTTOM, Saba – An Aruban man of 26 years married a 27-year-old Venezuelan. The couple lives in Aruba, but it is still not possible for them to marry there. Therefore, the two went to Saba.

Saba is like Bonaire and Sint Eustatius, a special municipality of the Netherlands since October 10, 2010. Recently, the Dutch marriage legislation went in force on the three islands. In Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, it is not possible for people of the same sex to marry. However, such a marriage will be credited in the civil registry if it took place in either the three islands, the Netherlands or anywhere else its legal.

"This great news is worthy of congratulations," responds COC Netherlands president Tanja Ineke. "For the authorities on Saba, whose cooperative attitude around the opening of the marriage, is a pioneering role in the region."

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