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Popularity of tiny Dutch Caribbean island soars following gay marriage
The Washington Post ^ | 12/16/12 | AP

Posted on 12/16/2012 4:07:33 PM PST by Salman

ORANJESTAD, Aruba — A speck of an island in the Dutch Caribbean has become increasingly popular with gay couples after legislators legalized same-sex marriages in a region still openly hostile to gays and lesbians.

Two men were recently married in Saba, marking the first ceremony of its kind in the region and setting off a frenzy of calls from gay couples in other Dutch Caribbean islands seeking to marry, said Julietta Woods with Saba’s Civil Registry office.”People keep calling me every second,” she said by telephone this week.

As part of the Netherlands Kingdom, the islands of Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius have to recognize same-sex marriages. While Bonaire and St. Eustatius have balked at the idea of legalizing such unions, the idea has been embraced in Saba, long considered a gay-friendly destination.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: gay; tourism

1 posted on 12/16/2012 4:07:44 PM PST by Salman
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To: Salman

Aruba: The Island of rape, murder, and buggary.


2 posted on 12/16/2012 4:10:58 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Have a wonderful day!)
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To: Salman

Their HIV infection rate will zoom off the chart.The Arubans are crazy to encourage these filthy perverts to come to their island.


3 posted on 12/16/2012 4:14:57 PM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Maybe so many of them will go there that the island will not be able to withstand the extra weight and it will sink into the ocean.


4 posted on 12/16/2012 4:21:23 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Salman

Is it irony that the capital of Saba is called The Bottom?


5 posted on 12/16/2012 4:39:16 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Salman

We all know, it is more popular because the world of travelers always prefer Gay islands!!!!!!

That be cuz everyone cool; into the butt action and if your tourist destination is known for sodomites, you be swamped!


6 posted on 12/16/2012 4:39:38 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Grams A

Saba’s a volcanic island, so it may explode rather than sink. Mount Scenery is considered potentially very dangerous, even though the last eruption was circa 1640 (it was an explosive, pyroclastic eruption, which is the most deadly type).


7 posted on 12/16/2012 4:41:48 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Salman

I didn’t know there was a world popularity contest.


8 posted on 12/16/2012 4:45:12 PM PST by PJammers (I can't help it... It's my idiom!)
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To: Olog-hai

That would be okay, too. Didn’t one of the illustrious loony Congressman say something about Guam sinking if too many people were there though? There have been so many really stupid statements made by politicians in DC recently that I quit trying to remember all the details.


9 posted on 12/16/2012 4:49:22 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel; Farmer Dean

I only read the excerpt, but it makes clear that the tiny island of Saba, not Aruba, is the island that is performing same-sex-marriage ceremonies. Saba is right next to St. Kitts and Nevis in the northern Lesser Antilles, is a municipality of the Netherlands, and has mostly a mulatto (black/white admixture), English-speaking population; Aruba is just north of Venezuela in the extreme southern part of the Lesser Antilles, is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (i.e., it has local autonomy), and has a largely mestizo (Native American/white admixture) population that speaks mostly Papiamento (a creole language derived from Spanish). In other words, Saba ain’t Aruba.


10 posted on 12/16/2012 4:55:51 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Grams A
Hank Johnson . . . you saw his recent debacle in regards to the word “midget”, replacing it with “abnormally small person”, I take it?

Either way, Saba is just too close to potential fire and brimstone, literally. But that seems to be what they want . . .
11 posted on 12/16/2012 4:58:55 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Grams A

It was Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) who said that if too many troops were transferred to the military base on one end of the island that the island might “tip over.” Yes, he’s that stupid.


12 posted on 12/16/2012 5:13:59 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: Salman

The trick is to have the queers go there, get married, have a queer little family and STAY THERE!


13 posted on 12/16/2012 5:41:08 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (The law of unintended consequences is an unforgiving and vindictive b!tch!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Don’t be too hard on him — after all, he is a demokrat.


14 posted on 12/16/2012 5:51:00 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Don’t be too hard on him — after all, he is a demokrat.


15 posted on 12/16/2012 5:51:00 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Actually, the people of Aruba are mostly black, and even the ordinary people speak English, many also speak Spanish and Dutch.


16 posted on 12/16/2012 5:53:13 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Salman

LOL, hubby has long wanted to go there!


17 posted on 12/16/2012 5:58:43 PM PST by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Tell the hubby if he ever gets to Aruba not to bend over if he drops his wallet....just saying..........


18 posted on 12/16/2012 6:03:43 PM PST by not2worry ( NO MORE YEARS!!!!)
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To: Olog-hai

May have seen Johnson’s latest loony comment but either ignored it or uttered my usual “whatever”. Guess we’re stuck with the word “shrimp” then - which is what my now 21 year old grandson has always called the now 10 year old grandson. Fortunately I always referred to those with “midget brains” as peabrainers - particularly when describing some members of Congress - so will continue to use that.

Somebody should tell Johnson that describing someone as a small person refers to more than their stature.


19 posted on 12/16/2012 6:09:07 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: kabumpo

I visited Aruba a few years ago, and I didn’t see more than a few blacks. You’re correct that most of the people I encountered in or near the hotel spoke at least a little English, but I didn’t think that English was universally spoken on the island. My experience matched what I found in this Wikipedia article: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aruba#section_3


20 posted on 12/16/2012 7:06:56 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: All

scratch this off the list of vacation destinations.


21 posted on 12/16/2012 7:14:19 PM PST by newnhdad (Our new motto: USA, it was fun while it lasted.)
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To: MIchaelTArchangel

Aruba is for lovers.


22 posted on 12/16/2012 7:16:03 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Well, I went all over the island - there’s a lot of it - and entire districts that are black. I met a lot of people, not one didn’t speak.English.


23 posted on 12/16/2012 10:31:38 PM PST by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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