Amendments to the new civil code for registered partnership and gay marriage have been proposed to the Aruban parliament for a vote. MP Desiree De Sousa-Croes is optimistic that at least registered partnership can count on a broad base of support of members of parliament. It remains less clear if gay marriage will be accepted and passed through this voting round.
She hopes, if not passed this time, that the future Aruban politicians can be more successful at getting gay marriage legalized in Aruba.
Yesterday the United States (U.S.) supreme court made a historic decision. They decided that same-sex marriage should be a right nationwide. The U.S. now joins the likes of Canada (2005), South Africa (2006), Norway (2009), Ireland (2015), and the country I live in The Netherlands (2001). World wide there are 22 countries that have same-sex Marriage in some form.
I share in the celebration of this historic day however I do wonder at the sudden overwhelming support of certain institutions, for example the White House. The president has never wanted to take a firm stance on the issue of same-sex marriage. Staying on the safe side and leaving it up to the supreme court to decide. Almost 7 years into his presidency Obama has been a disappointment to some in the LGBT community, who have expected his presidency to have caused this moment to have come sooner.
The White House may have tuned into a rainbow house, however this does not take away from the fact that the U.S. still lags behind on many LGBT (especially T) issues. So this is not the end of the fight. This is a step. A historic day for the U.S. that should show that a struggle can take a long time before it yields its fruit. I hope the U.S. can continue down this trend and pick up the pace on LGBT rights issues and not become complacent. Being a beacon of human rights world wide, requires actual human rights nation wide first. Without this, the U.S. (including its leadership and gay rights organizations) will only profile itself as hypocritical.