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Lesbian Marriage Still A Problem In Aruba

by Editors in History & Politics , 09 juli 2005


The Aruban Prime Minister, Nelson Oduber, keeps up his resistance to the registration of a Dutch married lesbian couple at the Records Office. According to Oduber it is unnecessary for the couple, Ester and Charlene Oduber-Lamers, to register because they are already registered in the Netherlands. “This is just a case of principles and it’s not necessary to recognize the couple for a second time,” says the Prime Minister. The lesbians wanted to register as a married couple in January because they intended to move to the island.

The government of Aruba prohibited this, which led to a public debate on the tropical island. This took a grim turn for the couple. They didn’t feel secure anymore and left the island. According to the Prime Minister there are “more important issues to discuss”. He says he respects “the right of a man or a woman to be different,” but the Netherlands should also take into consideration the different “morality and mentality” on the island.


The Dutch Labor Party requests that the Minister of Kingdom Relations, Alexander Pechtold, points out to the Aruban Prime Minister article 40 of the Kingdom Treaty, which says that marriage certificates will be recognized in all parts of the Dutch kingdom. This seems of no concern to Oduber.

He refers to “our own” Civil Code, which doesn’t allow same-sex couples to marry. Pechtold can’t comment on the case yet, because it is still under consideration, says his spokesman.

The Court in the Aruban capital Oranjestad will try on June 21 the government’s appeal against the right of same-sex couples to register.



 







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