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Keeping in mind the protectorates, territories, overseas departments, and collectives

Timothy Kincaid

February 12th, 2013

When President Hollande of France signs the marriage bill, a couple of islands off Newfoundland and several off Africa, along with a country in South America will also be impacted. Britain’s bill may or may not change law in the Falkland Islands off Argentina, but it will likely influence thought in the many nations that comprise the British Commonwealth. The Netherland’s marriage bill was finally reflected when itty bitty Saba, in the Caribbean, conducted it’s first same-sex marriage in December. And when the US Supreme Court rules in a few months, it’s decisions will determine the fate of same sex couples in St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.

While it is exciting when large and powerful countries move towards equality, let’s keep in mind that this movement is not and cannot be limited to just those countries. Each success is larger than just its borders.

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occono
February 12th, 2013 | LINK

If Scotland and Northern Ireland aren’t covered by the marriage law I can’t see it affecting the Falkland Islands. But then, I haven’t read it.

Hunter
February 13th, 2013 | LINK

They are at least semi-autonomous. Scotland is considering its own equal marriage law; Northern Ireland remains a holdout, as far as I know. The Falklands are a direct possession of the British Crown, I believe, and probably would be affected. But what about the Channel Islands?

And in the case of the US, don’t forget Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Marianas. (Although we can’t even seem to get American labor laws to apply there.)

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