Tiny Caribbean Island Becomes Same-Sex Marriage Refuge

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com December 14 2012 7:40 PM ET

Saba, a tiny island in the Dutch Caribbean, is becoming a travel destination for same-sex couples looking to get married in paradise.

The island is under Netherlands rule, like Bonaire and St. Eustatius. The Netherlands legalized same-sex marriage in 2001 and is now pushing its islands to do the same; Saba is the only Dutch island to allow such unions. Saba is poised to become a travel destination for LGBT couples in the Caribbean, an area of the world where homophobia is entrenched.

While Bonaire and St. Eustatius will soon legalize same-sex unions, other Dutch islands, like Aruba, Curacao, and St. Maarten, have a more autonomous relationship with Holland and will likely keep the unions illegal.

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