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Saba Hailed for Same-Sex Marriages

By December 21, 2012

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gay couple married on beachLooks like I will need to add Saba to my list of gay-friendly destinations in the Caribbean! The tiny Dutch Caribbean island recently became the first in the region to legalize same-sex marriage, and the first gay wedding on the island took place recently, spiking interest in the destination among same-sex travelers, the Associated Press reports.

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

Bonaire and St. Eustatius, as part of the kingdom of the Netherlands, also recognize same-sex marriages, but have not sanctioned gay or lesbian wedding ceremonies or initiating  unions. Curacao and St. Maarten, also part of the Dutch-influenced Caribbean, also are known as havens of tolerance for same-sex travelers.

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