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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 03:33 PM

Popularity of tiny Dutch Caribbean island soars following gay marriage

ORANJESTAD, Aruba — A speck of an island in the Dutch Caribbean has become increasingly popular with gay couples after legislators legalized same-sex marriages in a region still openly hostile to gays and lesbians.

Two men were recently married in Saba, marking the first ceremony of its kind in the region and setting off a frenzy of calls from gay couples in other Dutch Caribbean islands seeking to marry, said Julietta Woods with Saba’s Civil Registry office.”People keep calling me every second,” she said by telephone this week.

As part of the Netherlands Kingdom, the islands of Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius have to recognize same-sex marriages. While Bonaire and St. Eustatius have balked at the idea of legalizing such unions, the idea has been embraced in Saba, long considered a gay-friendly destination.

“We’ve seen it as a human rights issue,” said Saba council member Carl Buncamper, who is openly gay. “It is important to give the partners equal rights when it comes to inheritance and other benefits.”



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Fri Dec 14, 2012, 05:22 PM

1. The Caribbean use to be my playground in the 80's.

Back then it seemed being Gay just didn't matter. Things started to change in the 90's (not in a good way), I actually feared for my life traveling there in many of the Islands. I stopped going.

This is great news! At least it's a start.

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