Small municipality legalizes same-sex unions and gains popularity

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Saba is a small island in the Dutch Caribbean. Despite its size and lack of notoriety, it has recently begun gaining popularity among the LGBT community since legalizing same-sex marriage.

The island has a land area of five square miles and, as of the last census, had 1,824 inhabitants. It became a special municipality within the Netherlands after the dissolution of the Netherlands Antilles in October of 2010. Dutch is the official language, but English is the principal language spoken on the island. 

The Netherlands legalized same-sex marriage in 2001. As of now, Saba is the only Dutch island to allow same-sex marriages, though Bonaire and St. Eustatius are likely to do so soon. Other Dutch islands, like Aruba, Curacao, and St. Maarten, have a stronger relationship with Holland, and will likely keep same-sex unions illegal, according to the Advocate.  

Saba is now set to become a travel destination for those LGBT couples in the Caribbean looking to escape homophobia prominent in their own communities.

You can vist the tourism site here to learn more. 

 

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