Insufficient support to legalize gay marriage in Curaçao

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09/30/2020

“The bill proposal to make a marriage between two people of the same sex possible cannot count on sufficient support in parliament,” says Member of Parliament for coalition partner MAN, Giselle Mc William. This is the reason why she does not propose the bill proposal to be discussed in the central committee of the Curaçao parliament. Chairman of Curaçao Pride, Frank Holtslag responds to this with: “It is a pity that Giselle Mc William chooses not to submit the law anymore. Elections are coming. Then people no longer dare for fear of loss of votes. I am glad that Stephen Walroud will continue.” Still, Holtslag sees progress in Curaçao in the acceptance of the LGBT + community. Due to corona, the activities of the eighth Pride Week have been kept small this year. Two years ago, Mc William and Stephen Walroud of coalition partner PAR, took the initiative to present a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, which was then symbolically announced during Curaçao Pride Week. But now that the bill is ready for consideration in parliament, Mc William is withdrawing. “We are a Catholic island. Now we are not ready to take this step. I hope that in the next ten years this step can be taken if there are other people in Parliament,” explains the MAN MP.

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