US Virgin Islands Fall In Line

The Virgin Islands have become the final US territory to comply with SCOTUS.

Governor Kenneth Mapp has announced that he’s currently working on an executive order to direct government agencies and departments to follow the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Mapp made the announcement during a Tuesday morning press conference at Government House, stating that upon taking office in January, he swore to uphold the laws of the land. “The Government of the Virgin Islands as a civil society can no longer discriminate on marriage,” Mapp said. “The nation has arrived, pursuant to the Supreme Court’s ruling, at full marriage equality — when two consenting adults appear for a marriage license and apply for that license, civil society is required to respond. And so persons of the same-sex can be married in the U.S. Virgin Islands.” The governor stressed that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling does not force churches and ministers to perform same-sex or any other kind of marriage, however as the territory’s leader, he must abide by the law.

The territory has a population of 106K.

  • sonoitabear

    Okay, NOW I have a problem!! Deciding whether to get married on a beach in Quintana Roo, Mexico, or one in the Virgin Islands… Choices, choices, choices!!

    • Marry in one, honeymoon in the other. And if you’d make a quick stop in Cuba on the way between the two to buy me some Cuban cigars I’d really appreciate it!

      • Octavio

        Best deal for expensive Cuban cigars is to buy them in Tijuana. The specialty stores have bargain basement prices because of so much competition. I’ve never had a problem bringing a small box of them back into San Ysidro in my back pack or on the dashboard of my Jeep.

        Cohibas can be found for $22 each (compared to $34 in most countries) and a gift box of 8 PadreOn sell anywhere from $180 – $240. Depends on how much you’re willing to walk and comparison shop. 🙂

        I hate cigars. But they sure smell good before they’re lit.

    • Bluto

      Live on Fisher Island, get buried in Palm Beach. It’s the best of both worlds.
      Fetch me a drink & a pirin tablet, Agador Sparticus.

      • Bj Lincoln

        Agador Sparticus. Nice reference and one of my favorite characters.

  • bkmn

    Should have been a no-brainer but Mapp is a Republicant.

    • fuow

      Such a pretty place, such a fuckwad for governor.

  • Steverino

    The only catch is you have to be a virgin to get married there.

    • Todd20036

      And an island.

      And no man is an island, so that’s a problem.

      • lymis

        That’s why the gals have Lesbos, I guess.

        Key West seems a bit problematic, though. Maybe the fact that it’s in an archipelago helps?

      • Robincho

        Well donne, sir!

  • Michael Smith

    Last I heard the status of American Samoa is unknown. Wikipedia wasn’t sure if Obergefell applied to it or not.

    • Aron Sasportas

      The most detailed report on the situation in American Samoa is:

      Report 133b – Progress toward marriage equality late in June and early in July 2015 in Guam. the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands of the United States, but not yet in American Samoa

      The report appears in “Equal Human Rights and Civil Rights for All Persons, No Matter Their Gender, No Matter Their Sexual Orientation: An Interpretive Newsletter” (www.humciv.com).

  • Nexus1

    Well that’s a potential honeymoon spot now. I love having options.

  • BobSF_94117

  • Robincho

    Not bad, for someplace whose territorial motto has always been, “Well, I NEVER!” Mapp is a Republic*nt, but in the face of SCOTUS, that really shouldn’t matter atoll…

  • MAP

    I foresee destination weddings and a HUGE boost to the local economies !

  • DonnaLee

    I had no idea they had that many people on that little island.

  • RudigerVT

    Well good.

    We’ve vacationed in St. John, USVI, most years since 1999. We are known to be a couple and this is true of plenty of people. The culture is conservative and church-going is pretty common. It’s a lovely spot for a destination wedding, and if that’s your plan, then click the link for your caterer 🙂

    http://www.queenoftartsvi.com/

  • DaveDocSC

    I can’t imagine SSM wasn’t legal already.
    They were missing a huge financial opportunity.
    And the Caribbean islands don’t usually miss a chance to get your dollars no matter what.

  • Claude Jacques Bonhomme
  • pnoeric

    My partner lived on St John for years (and I lived there part-time with him)… it’s a gorgeous, amazing place. The native population (including most everyone in the government) are church going and extremely conservative. Anyhow, glad to see they’ve caught up. And if anyone is looking for a great wedding planner on St John (easily the most beautiful of the islands, and in turn the most beautiful beaches in all of the USA), I can’t recommend Michelle at Paradise Planning enough. Super progressive, super well-connected on the island, super sweet: http://www.paradiseplanningusvi.com/

  • billbear1961

    Yes, Governor, it is the civil thing for a civilized society to do!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yCdk5yMnwc

  • KnownDonorDad

    Wikipedia has a link saying that the situation is “complicated” in American Samoa, since they are, by dint of complicted laws and history, US nationals by birth but not US citizens. It also doesn’t have Puerto Rico or the Northern Mariana Islands colored dark blue.