LGBT rights in Aruba
|LGBT rights in Aruba|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal|
|Same-sex marriages performed in the Netherlands recognized|
|Adoption||Same-sex couples allowed to adopt jointly|
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Aruba may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Aruba, but same-sex couples with Dutch nationality must travel to the Netherlands to get married and legal protection of marriage is not unconditional.
Law regarding same-sex sexual activity
Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Aruba.
Recognition of same-sex relationships
As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is obliged to recognize same-sex marriages registered in the Netherlands (including the Caribbean Netherlands: (Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba) as valid. The Aruban government initially did not recognize these marriages, but was challenged by a lesbian couple who had legally married in the Netherlands and then moved to the island. The case went to the Dutch Supreme Court, which ruled on 13 April 2007 that Aruba must recognize all marriages registered in the Netherlands.
Adoption and family planning
Adoption by same-sex couples is legal.
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- "Eerste homohuwelijk in Caribisch Nederland (First gay marriage in the Caribbean Netherlands)". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). 4 December 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012.
- "Caribbean island Aruba has to recognize gay marriage: Dutch supreme court". Yahoo! News. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 16 April 2007.[dead link]