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Homo- and Heterosexual Weddings in Gibraltar

(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

Gibraltar: Rocks, weddings, partnerships, happiness… and the money from tourists. ©visitgibraltar.gi

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.

Fees for a wedding in Gibraltar

The fees for a wedding in Gibraltar. ©gibraltar.gov.gi

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.

Frank-S / MensGo
Main source: Gibraltar Chronicle, October 20, 2017.

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