LGBT rights in Aruba
|LGBT rights in Aruba|
|Same-sex sexual activity legal?||Legal|
|Same-sex marriages performed in the Netherlands recognized|
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 with Dutch nationality must travel to the Netherlands or its special municipalities to get married and legal protection of marriage is not unconditional.
Law regarding same-sex sexual activity
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 did not recognize these marriages, 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 the Kingdom's constituent countries must recognize all of each other's marriages.
In April 2015 representatives of all four constituent countries agreed that same-sex couples should have equal rights throughout the Kingdom. The same month a registered partnership bill was submitted to parliament.
On the 22 August 2016, Desiree de Sousa - Croes, an openly gay Senator who married her same sex partner in the Netherlands intoduced a bill to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples. However the vote to introduced the bill to legalize unions for same-sex couples was prosponed to 8 September 2016 since some Members of Parliament support civil unions for same-sex couples, others still need to make up their minds.
|Same-sex sexual activity legal|
|Equal age of consent|
|Anti-discrimination laws in employment|
|Anti-discrimination laws in the provision of goods and services|
|Anti-discrimination laws in all other areas|
|Same-sex civil unions||(Since 2016)|
|Step-child adoption by same-sex couples|
|Joint adoption by same-sex couples|
|Gays allowed to serve in the military||(the Netherlands responsible for defence)|
|Right to change legal gender|
|Access to IVF for lesbians|
|Commercial surrogacy for gays male couples||(Banned for heterosexual couples as well)|
|MSMs allowed to donate blood|
- State-sponsored Homophobia A world survey of laws prohibiting same sex activity between consenting adults
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