Cruise Line Offers Same-Sex Wedding Ceremonies At Sea

Don’t live in a country where same-sex marriage is legal? Even if your own government doesn’t recognize your civil right to marry whomever you want, the sea will.

Cruise line Celebrity Cruises has announced the start of legal same-sex marriages on board their ships, performed by the captain in international waters.

Well, sort of. You see, the bulk of the Celebrity fleet is registered in Malta, where same-sex marriage was legalized in July 2017. This means the fleet is legally able under Maltese law to recognize same-sex marriage on board. , celebrated by the captains of the fleet.

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The company specifically targets Australia, where same-sex marriage is not yet legal, and whose citizens are currently in the midst of a non-binding, non-mandatory nationwide postal survey asking the question: “Should the law be amended to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

Celebrity Cruises CEO and President Lisa Lutoff-Perlo announced on Friday that their Australian ship Solstice of celebrities would join the company’s 12-person international fleet in offering legalized same-sex marriage ceremonies.

“Australia is an important market for Celebrity Cruises, ranking third among source markets in the world. More than 50,000 Australians sail with us every year, both in Australia and overseas,” said Lutoff-Perlo. in a press release.

Back to square one when you’re home.

The sad reality for Australians and other countries where same-sex marriage is not yet legal is that even if you got married legally on the boat, you have to go home to a country where you are still not. not legally married. Back to square one.

Still, it’s at least a public gesture of support, I suppose.

“Celebrity Weddings has already hosted numerous same-sex weddings in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, where it is legal,” Barbara Whitehall, CEO of The Wedding Experience said in a press release. “We are delighted that this new decision from Malta opens up marriage equality to all who sail with Celebrity Cruises in international waters.”

The Australian ceremonies will begin when Celebrity Solstice returns to the country on October 20, 2017, for its sixth local season.

Honestly, if you’re going to marry the love of your goddamn life on a boat miles off the coast of your own country, we’re in a pretty dark place, the World.

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