Same-sex marriage in the Pitcairn Islands

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Legal status of same-sex unions
Marriage
Performed
Recognized

* Not yet in effect, but automatic deadline set by judicial body for same-sex marriage to become legal

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Same-sex marriage in the Pitcairn Islands, a British Overseas Territories, has been legal since 14 May 2015, although there are no openly same-sex couples currently living on the island.[1][2] An ordinance to legalise such marriages was unanimously approved by the Island Council on 1 April 2015, and was signed by Governor Jonathan Sinclair on 5 May. It was published on 13 May 2015.[3][4][5] The law, known as the Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnerships Ordinance 2015, also provides for the recognition of registered civil partnerships performed outside of Pitcairn.

1 April 2015 vote in the Pitcairn Island Council[6][7]
Voted for
  Marriage performed
  Civil unions performed (Easter Island)
  Recognition of same-sex marriages at the federal level, no territory-level recognition (American Samoa)
  No recognition
  Constitution limits marriage to opposite-sex couples (Palau)
  Same-sex sexual activity illegal, but ban not enforced
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  1. ^ "Pitcairn Island, population 48, passes law to allow same-sex marriage". The Guardian. Associated Press. 22 June 2015. Archived from the original on 15 December 2015. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ McCrum, Kirstie (22 June 2015). "Island gives same-sex marriage the green light - but none of its 48 residents are gay". Daily Mirror. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Same Sex Marriage and Civil Partnerships Ordinance 2015" (PDF). Government of the Pitcairn Islands. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Pacific's tiny Pitcairn Island legalises same-sex marriage". Yahoo! News. Agence France-Presse. 25 June 2015. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Same sex marriage legalised in Pitcairn". Radio New Zealand. 24 June 2015. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  6. ^ "PITCAIRN ISLAND COUNCIL - Minutes of Meeting held in The Square - Public Hall (Wednesday, 01 April 2015)" (PDF). government.pn. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  7. ^ "PITCAIRN ISLAND COUNCIL - Minutes of Meeting held in The Square - Public Hall (Wednesday, 22 April 2015)" (PDF). government.pn. Retrieved 7 January 2017.