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Falkland Islands introduces marriage equality

Falkland Islands introduces marriage equality

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The Falkland Islands has overwhelmingly passed same-sex marriage.

In the small British overseas territory located 300 miles off the coast of South America, same-sex couples will soon be able to get tie the knot.

The Legislative Assembly voted to pass equal marriage into law with a vote of seven to one.

Same-sex marriage came to the island of 3,000 people after a public consultation saw 90% of respondents saying they were in favor.

87% of respondents also said same-sex couples should be allowed to marry in churches.

The legislation, according to a spokesperson for the islands, ‘send a clear and powerful message that all people and all relationships are equal’.

Both marriage and civil partnerships will be open to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in the Falklands in 1989, and the age of consent was equalized in 2005.

Same-sex marriage will go to the Queen to receive Royal Assent, and couples will be able to get married on a day decided by Governor Colin Roberts.