Aruba votes to recognize gay civil unions

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The small island in the Caribbean Sea made a step to equality. Even though it is not planned to legalize gay marriages, but civil unions also mean a lot, especially if to consider that fact that civil partners will have the same legal rights as a married couple.

The decision followed a row over a same-sex couple who were denied the right to register their union in Aruba. Aruba refused to recognise same-sex marriages in 2005 although it did legalise same-sex relations between consenting adults in private. In order for same-sex couples to be legally recognised as marriage in Aruba, they were previously forced to travel to the Netherlands and then back to aruba. This latest development means same-sex couples can have legal recognition equivalent to marriage without having to travel to Europe.

The country was granted partial independence from the Netherlands in 1986. Although the country is self-governed it remains a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands forming a commonwealth with the State of the Netherlands and the State of the Netherlands Antilles.

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