Monday 22 July 2019

Tiny island becomes latest to pass same-sex marriage bill

Island of Saint Helena announces historical result

Australians voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a non-binding postal survey this year
Australians voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a non-binding postal survey this year
Karen Birney

Karen Birney

A tiny island in the South Atlantic Ocean has become the latest place to pass a same-sex marriage bill.

The volcanic island of Saint Helena, which is part of the British Overseas Territory, passed the bill by an overwhelming parliamentary vote.

The vote was passed by nine votes to two, according to St Helena online in association with The St Helena Independent, and now only needs Governor Lisa Phillips to sign it into law.

"Not a chance I will reject it. It will be a proud moment," Gov. Phillips tweeted earlier today.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Same-sex couple Amy Laker and Lauren Price kiss during their wedding ceremony on December 16, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Lauren and Amy are the first gay couple to be legally married in Australia, after same-sex marriage was legalised on 9 December 2017. The women - who have been engaged for two years - had originally planned on having a civil union, but were granted an exemption to the 30-day notice period to make their union legally binding under the new laws. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 16: Same-sex couple Amy Laker and Lauren Price kiss during their wedding ceremony on December 16, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. Lauren and Amy are the first gay couple to be legally married in Australia, after same-sex marriage was legalised on 9 December 2017. The women - who have been engaged for two years - had originally planned on having a civil union, but were granted an exemption to the 30-day notice period to make their union legally binding under the new laws. (Photo by Caroline McCredie/Getty Images)

Saint Helena is part of the British Overseas Territory and has a population of just 4,255. It is one of the most remote islands in the world.

After five years of construction, the 47 square mile island announced the opening of their airport in October this year.

Earlier this month Australia saw its first same-sex marriages when two female couples tied the knot.

Both couples were given exemptions to waive the official notice period. The 9th of January was expected to be the first day gay couples could legally marry in Australia.

Lauren Price and Amy Laker (pictured) exchanged vows in Sydney, while Amy and Elise McDonald said 'I do' in Melbourne.

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