Same-sex marriage in the British Indian Ocean Territory

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Same-sex marriage in the British Indian Ocean Territory, a British Overseas Territory, has been legal since 3 June 2014. An ordinance to legalise such marriages was approved by the Privy Council of the United Kingdom on 28 April 2014.[1]

Homosexuality laws in Asia
Same-sex sexual activity legal
  Marriage performed
  Foreign same-sex marriages recognized
  Other type of partnership
  Legal guardianships or unregistered cohabitation
(stripes: non-binding certificates)
  No recognition of same-sex couples
  Expression freedom limitations
Same-sex sexual activity illegal
  Prison on books, but not enforced
  Life imprisonment
  Death penalty on books, but not applied
  Death penalty

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All residents of the British Indian Ocean Territory are either members of the British or American armed forces or associated contractors assigned to the Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia. American soldiers are permitted to marry; however, United States Navy regulations prohibit any married couple from being stationed together on Diego Garcia, whether in a military or civilian capacity. Therefore, one member of the couple would be immediately reassigned.[2]

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  1. ^ "Overseas Marriage (Armed Forces) Order 2014" (PDF). 28 April 2014.
  2. ^ "MILPERSMAN 1300-314" (PDF). 3 August 2014.