State Secretary pleased with advice on same-sex marriage in Curaçao and Aruba

December 22, 2023  -THE HAGUE – State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen (Kingdom Relations) is pleased with the advice on same-sex marriage from Attorney General Gerbrant Snijders to the Supreme Court. Snijders advises the Supreme Court to uphold the decision that same-sex couples should be able to marry in Aruba and Curaçao. 

“It is exactly in the direction of what we find very important. Namely, that if two men or two women want to get married, that should also be possible in Aruba and Curaçao,” said Van Huffelen during a virtual press conference with the Caribbean press on Friday. 

According to the current legislation in both countries, marriage can only be entered into between a man and a woman. However, the Joint Court of Justice in Willemstad ruled on December 6 last year that excluding same-sex marriage is in violation of the prohibition of discrimination and the constitutional provisions. 

Advice 

Curaçao and Aruba appealed this decision. On November 10 of this year, the Supreme Court heard the arguments from all parties involved. 

Snijders now argues in his advice that the only way to eliminate discrimination is by opening up marriage to same-sex couples. “There is no other solution that effectively ends discrimination.” The Supreme Court hopes to render its decision on May 31. 

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