Same-sex couples can now enter into a civil union in Aruba, thanks to new approval.
This measure was approved by the parliament last week, a resounding vote of 11-5. The new regulation means that gay and lesbian couples can now make emergency medical decisions, as well as having access to pensions.
As you may know, Aruba is part of the Netherlands, where same-sex marriage is legal. Essentially, gay and lesbian couples in the country traveled to the Netherlands to get married, then their union was recognised when they returned to Aruba.
Now, with the introduction of this civil unions bill, LGBT couples will no longer have to travel outside of the country in order to have their union recognised.
Senator Desiree de Sousa-Croes said after the successful vote: “I would have wanted same-sex marriage, but this amendment will eliminate the need to travel to the Netherlands to marry, as our laws will soon provide rights for same-sex couples.”
At the time of writing, same-sex marriage is legal in the Caribbean Netherlands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as the French departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique and the overseas collectives of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.