Ship stewards make history with same-sex marriage in Antarctica

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04/28/2022

Two research ship crew members, Eric Bourne and Stephen Carpenter made history on Sunday 24 April as the first same-sex couple to get married in icy Antarctica. Same-sex marriage has been legal in the British Antarctic Territory since October 2016. According to the National LGBT Rights Organisation, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) reviewed same-sex marriage legislation in the British Antarctic Territory to ensure the legislation was in line with United Kingdom laws. “These proposed changes relate to the Marriage and Registration Ordinances and look to bring them into line with domestic UK changes such as same-sex marriage.” “The new legislation will allow both for the purchase of licences to conduct marriages and the purchase for a marriage licence in order for a marriage to take place,” said a description of the review.

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