In Aruba, sentiment against homosexual or other deviant “lifestyles” is vehemently opposed by the public whose cultural roots are more in tune with Latin American culture than with that of their counterpart Dutch. Lifesite.net has more on this story.
Homosexual activists have openly advocated the method of forcing acceptance of gay unions upon reluctant countries by “marrying” in a more liberalized country and using the courts to force legal recognition in the more ‘conservative’ country. Charlene and Esther employed the method in Aruba, first attempting to register their partnership in the Public Registry and then, after it was rejected, filing a lawsuit charging Aruba's government with discrimination. An island court ruled their union should be recognized.
One Aruba government spokesman shows that he follows the logic fairly well. “If we accept gay marriage, would we next have to accept Holland's marijuana bars and euthanasia?” Ruben Trapenberg said. "They have their culture, we have ours."
The Aruban government appealed and is vowing to fight the ruling to the Netherlands Supreme Court if necessary. Aruba is an autonomous republic within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
We can't let this become a precedent," said Hendrik Croes, a lawyer for Aruba's government. "Gay marriage is against the civil code and Aruban morals."
Consider that full nudity is common on Dutch television after 9 p.m., and that one can find pornographic movies on television during weekends. Consider that homosexual marriage is legal in Holland. Consider that Holland also recently made euthanasia legal; it has been tacitly accepted for at least the past 20 years. Supermarket racks are full of magazine covers featuring photos of nude women — all in open view. And hard drugs are consumed openly in so-called "coffee houses." (If you’re ever in Holland, don’t wander into a coffee house assuming you’ll find the Dutch version of a double frothé.) And abortion is yawned at.