Falkland Islands: Civil Unions On The Way


Falkland Islands

The Falkland Islands haven’t really been in the news since Maggie Thatcher stood up to Argentina in a dispute over the Islands’ control back in the 80s but here they are making headlines again with the news that they are taking steps to recognise same-sex couples.

Falklands Financial Secretary Nicola Granger announced this month that a civil unions bill will be introduced to the Legislative Assembly in the near future.

The Falkland Islands has a population of approximately 3000 people and remains a British overseas territory.

On 13 January 2016, following a public consultation, the Council instructed the Attorney General to prepare an amendment to the island’s Marriage Ordinance 1996, in order to allow same-sex marriage.

The public consultation found that 90% of respondents were in favour of same-sex marriage and 94% were in favour of civil partnerships for all couples.

The Council, considering whether to approve a bill to legalise same-sex marriage and create civil partnership for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples, instructed the Attorney General to publish it in the official gazette, thereby commencing the legislative process as a first reading, as well as to prepare further legislation necessary to its implementation.

On 30 March 2017, the Legislative Assembly approved a same-sex marriage bill by a 7 to 1 vote.

The bill allows same-sex couples to marry and also allows both same-sex and opposite-sex couples the right to access a civil partnership.

The bill received royal assent by Governor Colin Roberts on 13 April 2017.

The new law, known as the Marriage (Amendment) Act 2017, went into effect on 29 April 2017.

A community event to celebrate same-sex marriage becoming legal took place that same day.

 

References

  1. ^ “Our History”www.falklands.gov.fk.
  2. ^ Mendelson, Sara H. (January 2008). Hunt, Arabella (1662–1705)Oxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University Press. Retrieved 14 March 2012.
  3. ^ “Family Law Review 2015 – Proposals for new policy development and legislation”fig.gov.fk. 13 May 2015. Archived from the original on 30 October 2015.
  4. ^ “Family Law Review – Proposals for legislative drafting”fig.gov.fk. 13 January 2016. Archived from the original on 28 January 2016.
  5. ^ “Falklands passes same sex marriage bill; invites non residents to share the legislation”Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  6. Jump up to:a b “32-17P: Family Law Review – marriage reform”fig.gov.fk. 22 February 2017. Archived from the original on 24 February 2017.
  7. ^ Butterworth, Benjamin (12 April 2017). “Falkland Islands introduces full marriage equality”PinkNews. Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  8. ^ Avery, Dan (12 April 2017). “Marriage Equality Comes To The Falkland Islands”NewNowNext.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  9. ^ “Order Paper for 30 March 2017”Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands (fig.gov.fk). 30 March 2017. Archived from the original on 28 June 2017. Refer to pp. 123-135 of the PDF
  10. ^ “Facebook Post by FITV”Facebook.com. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  11. Jump up to:a b “Falklands plans to celebrate same sex marriage Bill next April 27”. MercoPress. 13 April 2017. Archived from the original on 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  12. ^ “RECORD OF THE MEETING OF THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY – HELD AT NORTH ARM (30 MARCH 2017)”Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands. pp. 38–45. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  13. ^ Marchiano, Andrea (12 April 2017). “Falkland Islands votes overwhelmingly in favour of same-sex marriage”Gay Times. Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  14. ^ Butterworth, Benjamin (12 April 2017). “Falkland Islands introduces full marriage equality”PinkNews. Archived from the original on 12 April 2017. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  15. ^ Avery, Dan (12 April 2017). “Marriage Equality Comes To The Falkland Islands”NewNowNext.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  16. ^ “Order Paper for 30 March 2017” (PDF)Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands (fig.gov.fk). 30 March 2017. pp. 123–135. Archived from the original on 28 June 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  17. ^ Salerno, Rob. “Falkland Islands Same-sex Marriage Update”. Archived from the original on 28 June 2017.
  18. ^ “Press Release: Falkland Islands Legislative Assembly Passes Marriage Bill”Falkland Islands Government. 13 April 2017. Archived from the original on 28 June 2017.
  19. ^ “Marriage Ordinance 1996; Amending Legislation; Marriage (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 – [Ord. 6/17]”Falkland Islands Legislation. 31 July 2017.
  20. ^ @Lisafalklands (29 April 2017). “Rainbow Community Fun Day in the #falklands celebrating new family/marriage laws #LGBT” (Tweet). Archived from the original on 29 April 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2017 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ “Marriage Ordinance 1996” (PDF)Falkland Islands Legislation. 31 July 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 August 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
  22. ^ “Marriage”www.fig.gov.fl.

 

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