Same-sex marriage in the British Antarctic Territory

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Legal status of same-sex unions
Marriage
Performed
Recognized
  1. Not performed in Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten
  2. Neither performed nor recognized in Niue, Tokelau and the Cook Islands
  3. Neither performed nor recognized in Northern Ireland, the dependency of Sark and six of the fourteen overseas territories
  4. Neither performed nor recognized in American Samoa and many tribal jurisdictions with the exception of federal recognition benefits
  5. When performed in Mexican states that have legalized same-sex marriage
  6. When performed in the Netherlands proper
  7. If performed before 1 June 2018
  8. Registration schemes open in all jurisdictions except Hualien County, Penghu County, Taitung County and Yunlin County

* Not yet in effect
+ Automatic deadline set by judicial body for same-sex marriage to become legal

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Same-sex marriage is legal in the British Antarctic Territory, which is a sector of Antarctica and is one of the 14 British Overseas Territories. Between 2 August 2016 and 30 September 2016, a consultation on a draft of a new marriage ordinance was conducted by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The new ordinance stated that the laws relating to marriage in England would apply in the territory, thereby allowing same-sex marriage.[1][2][3] The ordinance was proclaimed by Commissioner Peter Hayes on 13 October 2016 and took effect forthwith.[4][5][6]

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  1. ^ "Review of British Antarctic Territory legislation: marriage". gov.uk. 2 August 2016. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Marriage Ordinance 2016 – Reasons and Occasion" (PDF). gov.uk. 2 August 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Marriage Ordinance 2016 (Draft)" (PDF). gov.uk. 2 August 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Marriage Ordinance 2016" (PDF). gov.uk. 13 October 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Review of British Antarctic Territory legislation: changes to the marriage and registration ordinances". gov.uk. 19 October 2016. Archived from the original on 26 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "Getting married in Antarctica". gov.uk. 20 October 2016. Archived from the original on 3 April 2017. 


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