Dutch interior minister Ronald Plasterk (2-L) looks on from onboard a boat during the Gay Pride canal parade in Amsterdam on August 1, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANP / JERRY LAMPEN
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Although the Netherlands itself became the first country to legalize gay marriage in 2001, the three Caribbean members of the larger Kingdom -- Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten -- have yet to follow suit, reflecting cultural taboos in the mostly Catholic island nations.That leaves the Kingdom, famed for its tolerant stance on marijuana and euthanasia, apparently less progressive on gay rights than Ireland, where voters approved gay marriage in a referendum in May, and the United States, where the Supreme Court upheld a constitutional right to gay marriage in June.The Dutch government says it is seeking dialogue, rather than confrontation, with the island nations to promote gay rights and acceptance of gay marriage.
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