LGBT rights in Aruba

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LGBT rights in Aruba
Same-sex sexual activity legal? Legal
Gender identity/expression -
Recognition of
Same-sex marriages performed in the Netherlands recognized
Adoption Same-sex couples allowed to adopt jointly

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Aruba may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in Aruba, but same-sex couples must travel to the Netherlands to get married and receive the legal protections of marriage.

Laws against homosexuality

Homosexuality is legal in Aruba.

Recognition of same-sex relationships

As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Aruba is obliged to recognize same-sex marriages registered in the Netherlands as valid. The Aruban government initially declared same-sex unions illegal, but was challenged by a lesbian couple who had legally married in the Netherlands and then moved to the island. The case went to the Dutch Supreme Court, which ruled on 13 April 2007 that Aruba must recognize all marriages registered in the Netherlands.[1]

Adoption and family planning

Adoption by same-sex couples is legal.

See also


  1. Caribbean island Aruba has to recognize gay marriage: Dutch supreme court. Yahoo! News (13 April 2007). Retrieved on 2007-04-16.


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