Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Curacao tourist board trolling for gay weddings - NOT SO FAST

For all the "welcoming" language in their press release today, Curacao remains a questionable destination for gay tourists and honeymooners:
Jul 24, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The southern Caribbean island of Curacao, one of the most welcoming Caribbean islands for gay travelers, proudly joins the LGBT community in celebrating the recent decision to overturn the "Defense of Marriage Act". Curacao has long welcomed the world's LGBT community to its tropical paradise, offering a friendly, safe, and inclusive experience for all travelers. The island's "melting pot" history has led to a progressive 'live and let live' philosophy that makes Curacao the ideal destination for Caribbean commitment ceremonies and honeymoons.
Admittedly, Curacao is not openly hostile to gays like Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and several others. On the other hand, Curacao has no anti-discrimination ordinances and does not recognize same-sex marriages except for those consummated in the Netherlands. They do not permit adoption by gay couples. That doesn't seem all that friendly to me.

Compare that to the French Caribbean Islands; Guadaloupe, Martinique, St. Barts and St. Martin. On these islands, same-sex marriage and adoption are legal, there are anti-discrimination protections that also include some protection for gender identity.

Personally, we particularly enjoyed both St. Martin and St. Barts. Your mileage may vary.

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