World's smallest inhabited island just legalized same-sex marriage

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Pitcairn Island, otherwise known as the world's smallest inhabited territory, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage despite the fact that none of the 48 inhabitants outwardly identify as gay.

In the aftermath of same-sex marriage legalization in England, Wales, and Scotland last year, the British Overseas Territory unanimously approved of the law on May 15. However, deputy governor Kevin Lynch said the news only broke recently because the island's website was having technical issues.

According to 7th-generation resident Merelda Warren who spoke to The Guardian, there are no known same-sex couples looking to get married. She said:

"It's not Pitcairn Islanders that were pushing for it, but it's like anything else in the world. It's happening everywhere else, so why not?"


Merelda does not foresee many Pitcairn residents choosing to partake in a same-sex marriage. She said she only knew of one islander who identified as gay many years ago.

However, same-sex couples who are unable to marry in their own locations might decide to head to the romantic island to take the plunge. The beautiful scenery does make for the perfect destination wedding!



Unfortunately, the small island that houses such an open-minded population faces extinction. Watch this video to find out why Pitcairn may not exist in the near future:

Pitcairn Islands Face Extinction

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