In the next week, the Aruba Parliament will vote on the acceptance of the updated Civil Code. I know nothing about it, just that a whole BIG book will be voted on and I pray to the universe that our 21 members of parliament will be reading what some lawmaker placed before them, and I hope they will be paying attention, otherwise we will end up like Puerto Rico that actually ratified an amendment which prevents the country from declaring chapter 11, and that is why they are in such hot water now, in addition to having no idea, how that amendment got into their civil code in the first place.
Our Civil Code contains lots of good stuff but one amendment has been talked about and debated, and last week even protested by three narrow-minded, bible-thumping demagogues. It’s the amendment in favor of Civil Union, that will eventually open the door to allowing same sax marriage here, but the amendment is truly about regulating civil unions, and the legal rights of partners sharing a life without the church’s blessing.
So three people manifested against it, carrying banners with the name of the Lord, and babbling incoherently about god’s will as they don’t understand it.
The MinPres graciously granted them an audience, and listened to their so-called demands, warning against turning Aruba into Sodom and Gomora. God bless him for being so polite. I guess it’s his job to listen to his people, dumb and bright.
Apparently the Netherlands was one of the first countries in the world to recognize same sex marriage, and Aruba has been getting used to the idea, slowly but surely,
Wikipedia says: The first law providing for marriage of people of the same sex in modern times was enacted in 2001 in the Netherlands. As of 28 April 2016, same-sex marriage is legally allowed (nationwide or in some parts) in the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The united Kingdom, the United States, and Uruguay. A similar law in Finland is not yet in force. Polls show rising support for legally recognizing same-sex marriage in the Americas, Australia, and most of Europe. However, as of 2016 South Africa is the only African country where same-sex marriage is recognized, and no country in Asia allows same-sex marriage ceremonies, although Israel accepts same-sex marriages performed overseas