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Virgin Islands Senator Introduces Marriage Equality Bill

ImageThe Virgin Islands Daily News reports Senator Judi Buckley (pictured)of the U.S. Virgin Islands has proposed a new bill that would allow people in the islands' jurisdiction to marry.

Until now there has been now proposal of such kind, but Buckley says this felt like the "right time" to introduce the bill, given the ongoing action on gay marriage in the U.S.

The senator states that while she may not be still be in office by the time a decision is made on the bill (her term ends in 2015), she is happy to have started a conversation.

Buckley is not seeking reelection, and as she keeps things honest in pointing out: "when you know you're not running for re-election, it takes away the fear."

The bill Buckley has introduced offers simple amendment to Virgin Islands law, especially compared to the "marriage ban" confusion we've seen stateside in the last few months. This bill would simply change one sentence of the Virgin Islands Code: from a marriage being described as between "a man and a woman" to "between two persons."

Currently, in the Virgin Islands, same-sex couples are able to marry and get licenses in other states, and have their union recognized.

Buckley's bill is not without opposition. Church groups have banded together to create a group called "One Voice Virgin Islands," which has created a Change.org petition opposing the bill.

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  1. If the SCOTUS rules for marriage equality next term, will that cover US territories as well?

    Posted by: john patrick | Jul 12, 2014 2:31:08 PM


  2. Horrific comment on the change.org petition:

    "My son used to be gay, but I beat it out of him. 2 weeks later he killed himself. If we keep being gay legal more kids may choose to be gay, and eventually kill themselves."

    http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-and-legislature-of-the-u-s-virgin-islands-petition-to-uphold-traditional-marriage-law-in-the-u-s-virgin-islands

    Dad, your son killed himself because you didn't accept him -- not because he was gay.

    Posted by: neonzx | Jul 12, 2014 2:55:36 PM


  3. @JOHN PATRICK Yes, all US Supreme Court rulings are binding on all US states and territories of the US :)

    Posted by: Mr. E | Jul 12, 2014 2:58:33 PM


  4. "Buckley's bill is not without opposition. Church groups have banded together to create a group called "One Voice Virgin Islands," which has created a Change.org petition opposing the bill.

    Its always the usual suspects, isn't it?


    Posted by: Chucktech | Jul 12, 2014 3:22:15 PM


  5. Thanks for the info, Mr E.

    Posted by: john patrick | Jul 12, 2014 5:19:04 PM


  6. Jake, buddy, you need to re-take English 101 - or at least learn to proofread your own stuff. Some sloppy writing capped by "Currently, in the Virgin Islands, same-sex couples are able to marry and get licenses in other states, and have their union recognized."

    If all that's true, what's the need for a VI marriage equality bill?? Did you bother to actually read any part of this post after you typed it?

    Posted by: RussTX | Jul 13, 2014 10:38:02 AM


  7. @RussTX: the quote is about recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages; the bill is about performing same-sex marriages in the Virgin Islands.

    Posted by: Robin | Jul 13, 2014 1:15:12 PM


  8. I'm happy to see this. This is my home town! It will be tough to pass but it's gotten better there.

    Posted by: tilltheyworldends | Jul 14, 2014 2:30:50 PM


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