Aruba Laws

Age of Consent Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

Consensual sex between same sex couples is lawful at age fifteen (15)

Article 251 of the Criminal Code of Aruba (which Aruba adapted after its secession from the Netherlands Antilles) reads:

Art 251: “A person who, out of wedlock, with a person who has reached the age of twelve but has not reached fifteen, performs indecent acts comprising or including sexual penetration of the body is liable to a term of imprisonment of not more than eight years or a fine of at most 100 000 florin” [R1.1].

R1.1 Wikipedia: Ages of consent in South America 27 AUG 08
Civil Unions, Partners: Domestic, Registered Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [MARRIAGE]
1. National

On 08 September 2016, the Parliament reportedly voted 11-5 with four abstentions to amend civil code regulations related to marriage to cover same-sex unions. Those articles include such things as the right to a spouse’s pension in case of death or to make emergency medical decisions [R1.2].

On 29 August 2016, the parliament was expected to vote on a civil law amendment granting civil partnerships to same-sex couples [R1.1].

R1.2 DailyMail: Aruba Parliament approves civil unions for same-sex couples 10 SEP 16
R1.1 openDemocracy: Aruba vote on civil partnerships could finally extend LGBT rights to all Dutch citizens 28 AUG 16
Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
1. National

As part of the kingdom of the Netherlands, consensual sex between same-sex couples is lawful.

Marriage Legislation/Cases/References
1. Courts & Tribunals

In April 2007, the Netherlands Supreme Court ordered the government to recognise same-sex marriages registered in Holland, ruling that Dutch marriages carry the “same force of law” in Aruba [R1.1].


On 25 August 2005, Aruba’s Superior Court confirmed a lower court’s December ruling that the Caribbean island should register the marriage of Charlene and Esther Oduber-Lamers, who were wed in Holland in 2001 [R1.2].

R1.1 MCV: “Colonial Gay Marriage” 19 APR 07
R1.2 Associated Press: Aruba Must Register Lesbian Marriage 25 AUG 05