June 23, 2015 – Reported by the Guardian.com – Pitcairn Island, a tiny speck in the Pacific that is home to just 48 people, has passed a law allowing same-sex marriage, but has no gay couples wanting to wed.
First settled in 1790, Pitcairn is a British Overseas Territory that has some legal autonomy and is often considered the world’s smallest country by population.
Islanders are descended from the mutineers of the British navy vessel Bounty and their Tahitian companions.
Pitcairn deputy governor Kevin Lynch said on Monday the new law came into effect on 15 May but initially was not published online after the island’s website encountered some technical problems.
He said the change was suggested by British authorities after England, Wales and Scotland legalised same-sex marriage last year. He said the law change was unanimously approved by the local council.
Seventh-generation resident Meralda Warren said there had been no same-sex marriages since the law passed and she did not know of any gay couples wanting to marry.
As with most law changes, she said, a notice was put up on the verandah of the town hall and a second at the island’s general store.
“It’s not Pitcairn Islanders that were pushing for it,” she said. “But it’s like anything else in the world. It’s happening everywhere else, so why not?”
She said it wasn’t even a point of discussion until the outside world began catching up on the news in the past few days…story continues below…