The world’s smallest country has legalized marriage equality.
Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck of land with just 48 residents off the coast of New Zealand, passed the law in May but because the island’s website has been experiencing some technical issues, hasn’t been published online until now.
Pitcairn Deputy Governor Kevin Lynch said the change in law was suggested by British authorities after England, Wales and Scotland legalized same-sex marriage last year. First settled in 1790, Pitcairn is a British Overseas Territory that has some legal autonomy.
The change in law was unanimously approved by the local council, but it is really seem as more of a formality than anything else. According to seventh generation resident Meralda Warren, there haven’t been any same-sex marriages since the law passed and she doesn’t know of any gay couples who want to get married.
“It’s not Pitcairn Islanders that were pushing for it,” she told the Associated Press. “But it’s like anything else in the world. It’s happening everywhere else, so why not?”
Warren says she’s only ever known one gay islander, and that was a long time ago.
That said, Rodney Croome, the national director of the same-sex advocacy group Australian Marriage Equality, thinks Pitcairn might be a desirable location for a destination wedding.
“And assuming there’s not a residency requirement, I could imagine some couples from off the island might find it a romantic destination, including Australians who can’t marry in their own country.”