Netherlands Antilles, Caribbean
The Netherlands Antilles is a Dutch territory and is part of the Lesser Antilles consisting of two groups of islands in the Caribbean Sea: Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao (called ABC islands); and Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten. The islands form an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. As part of the Dutch commonwealth these island are technically subject to the laws of the Netherlands which is known for its liberal policies on personal matters such as sexual orientation. (Read more.) However, Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles reject the Netherlands' liberal legislation and have not legalized same-sex marriages.
However, the Dutch Supreme Court in 2007 declared that all marriages contracted in the different parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands should be accepted in the other parts of the Kingdom as well, forcing the islands to recognize same-sex marriages concluded in the Netherlands. This does not mean however that Aruba or the Netherlands Antilles are bound to introduce laws legalizing same-sex marriages to be concluded within their countries, since the constituent countries of the Kingdom have separate private laws (see Same-sex marriage in Aruba). While homosexual relations between consenting adults in private are legal, many (Roman Catholic) Antillians and Arubans do not support LGBT rights.