Aruba approves civil unions for same-sex couples

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Same-sex couples are now eligible for civil union rights in Aruba, Gay Star News reports.

The Parliament approved the measure last week in an 11-5 vote (there were four abstentions). The new regulation includes the right to make emergency medical decisions and access to pensions.

The Caribbean country is part of the Netherlands, where marriage equality is legal. Aruban couples were required to travel to the Netherlands to be married. On their return, their union was recognized.

who made that trip to marry her partner, introduced a civil-unions bill in August.

‘I would have wanted same-sex marriage,’  Senator Desiree de Sousa-Croes said after the vote. ‘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.’

The senator introduced the legislation last month.

Same-sex marriage is legal in the Caribbean Netherlands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, French departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique, and the Territorial collectivities of Saint Martin and Saint Barthelemy.

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