Same-Sex Marriage in the Commonwealth Caribbean: Is It Possible?

  • Toni HolnessEmail author
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 42)


Respect for LGBTI rights in the Commonwealth Caribbean is a fast-moving target. However, human rights advocates are working tirelessly to generate both legal reform and social tolerance for sexual minorities. LGBTI rights, or lack thereof, is evident in several bodies of law, including but not limited to sodomy law and marriage law. Additionally, a dialogue on LGBTI rights would be incomplete without an honest account of ongoing violence and other manifestations of homophobia and transphobia in the region. This chapter seeks to give as comprehensive a perspective as possible on the current state of LGBTI rights in the Caribbean regarding marriage. It looks at specific regulations in each country of the region and it shows that heteronormativity in family law is a vestige of British colonialism. Today Great Britain as other European countries, are moving away of the heterosexual paradigm in family law. Post colonialist Caribbean is not following this trend, at least not yet.


Same-sex couples Marriage in the Caribbean Commonwealth Homophobia Transphobia Anti sodomy statutes Buggery laws Violence against LGBTI individuals 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)BaltimoreUSA

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