Gay Marriage is Legal in Pitcairn

The Pacific island of Pitcairn has just legalised same-sex marriage. 

Yeah, you've probably never heard of Pitcairn

We hadn't. 

Pitcairn is a British Overseas Territory about 1350 miles South-East of Tahiti, and it's one of the world's smallest inhabited islands. It caught our eye because of its rather interesting history.

Whilst you might not have heard of Pitcairn, you're probably familiar with one aspect of its founding. In 1790 Pitcairn was where nine of HMS Bounty's mutineers began a settlement with the ill-fated ships Polynesian contingent. 

Today, the island's 48 inhabitants are all descended from those original settlers: 7th generation, in fact.
We were surprised that such a small, traditionally minded island community would be open to equal marriage. This is an especially narrow-minded opinion on our part, because, at present, Pitcairn doesn't even have any gay couples living on the island.

It seems the islanders just thought well, why not?

And if you'd like some context as to just how remote Pitcairn is, then consider this: they actually legalised gay marriage a couple of months ago, but the news was delayed by a technical fault on the island's web page. The rest of the world has only just found out. 

So whilst in the West we've been patting ourselves on the back, celebrating our forward-thinking liberal victories, this tiny Pacific island just stuck one notice in the verandah of the town hall and another in the general store and got on with it

There's hope amongst the islanders that same-sex marriage might entice some ex-residents back or that it could boost tourism.

Back in the 19th century, however, Pitcairn converted to the Seventh Day Adventist faith which is steadfast in its disapproval of gay marriage. The island's only preacher is a Seventh Day Adventist, and it's unclear what effect that might have on any same-sex ceremonies performed on the island. 

Still, congratulations to Pitcairn for showing some of the bigger countries how it's done. And we're certainly glad to have this small, historically fascinating island on our radar.

We'll keep you updated on any further developments.

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