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Smallest Nation on Earth Now Has Marriage Equality

Smallest Nation on Earth Now Has Marriage Equality

Smallest Nation on Earth Now Has Marriage Equality

A gay wedding may be in store for this country of 48 people. Although the irony is there doesn't seem to be any gay people on the tiny island.

A quaint British overseas territory by the name of the Pitcairn Islands legalized same-sex marriage last month.

The law, which came into affect May 15, 2015, but was not made public on the government's website until now, applies to the nations total population of 48. The irony of the situation lies in the fact that that it is believed that there are no gay men or women seeking to be marriage on the island. Pitcairn residents are the descendents of the original mutineers of the British ship The Bounty, as well as Tahitians who traveled on The Bounty. The island was one of the first of the British territories to legalize women's suffrage.

Meralda Warren, a seventh-generation resident of the Pitcairn Islands, told the Guardian that, since the law has been passed, no same-sex couples have married.

According to a resident's statement to theGuardian, because the Pitcairn Islands' only preacher is a Seventh-Day Adventist, a religion that opposes same-sex marriage. If and when same-sex marriages take place in the nation, they will most likely be officiated by the island administrator.

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