(Blogmensgo, gay blog of October 27, 2017) Since legalization of same-sex marriage in Gibraltar in 2016, 39 same-sex couples (including 32 foreigners) got married in this small, rocky British enclave in the extreme south of Spain. Of those 32 foreign couples, 25 were gays and only 7 lesbians.
Before same-sex marriage was legalized, there used to be registered partnerships since May 2016. During these 3.5 years, 86 partnerships were registered, of which 79 were same-sex partnerships, namely 47 gay couples (mostly foreigners) and 32 lesbian couples (all from abroad).
Gibraltar is a nice destination for weddings and registered partnerships for straight couples as well: 5 partnerships from abroad and only two from Gibraltar itself.
An average of four same-sex weddings per month contribute nicely to Gibraltar’s touristic development – mostly because the relevant provisions are rather flexible. They basically just ask the two partners to stay in Gibraltar at least the night before or after the wedding.
And why Gibraltar, this small British territory where about 30,000 people live in an area of 7m2? This may well be linked to the origin of the couple-to-be-wed (tourism and an exotic touch) and probably to the mild climate in the winter.
And here is some trivia: The first gay wedding in Gibraltar was celebrated by two inhabitants of the enclave, namely Aaron Mills and Adrian Charles Triay-Dignam who got married on December 17, 2016 in the presence of the chief of government of Gibraltar and his wife.