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World’s oldest tortoise, who is gay, rejoices as St Helena legalizes same-sex marriage

World’s oldest tortoise, who is gay, rejoices as St Helena legalizes same-sex marriage

Jonathan, the world's oldest gay tortoise

St Helena just legalized same-sex marriage and we’re sure Jonathan the tortoise couldn’t be happier.

The 186-year-old tortoise has been in a relationship with a fellow tortoise Frederic for the past 26 years. And now his home country just passed gay marriage.

St Helena’s legislative council voted in favor of same-sex marriage with nine votes to two.

Member of the legislative council, Cruyff Buckley said: ‘This bill ushers in a new level of respect for minority groups,’ reports St Helena Online.

Hon. Christine Scipio-o’Dean also said: ‘We cannot discriminate. We must not, and we must strive to ensure equality.’

St Helena
St Helena (Image: Pat Reynolds | Flickr)

Same-sex couples can marry within weeks.

The island is situated in southwestern Africa and is home to just over 4,500 people.

Earlier this year, a gay couple applied to marry as the law is unclear on the issue. The Legislative Council asked for the public for their opinions on marriage equality.

Jonathan’s mate is male

In 1991, vets decided Jonathan the tortoise needed a mate.

And it worked, ‘Frederica’ and Jonathan had enjoyed regular mating sessions every Sunday morning.

Lemon Valley on the west side of St Helena
Lemon Valley on the west side of St Helena (Image: David Stanley | Flickr)

But after three decades, vets now know why the couple never had young. Vets repaired a lesion on shell of ‘Frederica’, and it turned out the tortoise was a male.

So he’s been renamed Frederic, according to The Times.