Popularity of Caribbean island soars after wedding

AP News

12/14/2012 12:07:08 PM - AP News

ORANJESTAD, Aruba (AP) — A speck of an island in the Dutch Caribbean has become increasingly popular with gay couples after legislators legalized same-sex marriages in a region still openly hostile to gays and lesbians.

The recent marriage of two men in Saba marked the first ceremony of its kind in the region.

Julietta Woods of Saba's Civil Registry office said this week that the ceremony has set off a frenzy of calls from gay couples in other Dutch Caribbean islands seeking to marry.

The islands of Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius have to recognize same-sex marriages as part of the Netherlands Kingdom. While Bonaire and St. Eustatius have balked at the idea of legalizing such unions, although the idea has been embraced in Saba, long considered a gay-friendly destination.