- On 26 June 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled FOR marriage equality and that same-gender couples have the constitutional right to marry in all 50 states and all U.S. territories. The U.S. Virgin Islands are covered by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued on 26 June 2015. Civil marriage equality at the territory level is now legal - same-sex couples can legally enter into civil marriage.
- MARRIAGE EQUALITY FAQ
- If a marriage license is refused to you, please contact one of the following legal organizations immediately!
- Lambda Legal
- 9 July 2015, Mapp Signs Marriage Equality Executive Order; Measure Awaits James' Action - From the St. Croix Source
- 30 June 2015, Mapp To Issue Executive Order Mandating Gov. Agencies To Comply With Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Ruling - By Ernice Gilbert, The Virgin Islands Consortium
- 26 June 2015, Some Virgin Islanders Struggling To Accept Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Law - By Lydia Lohr, St. Croix Source
- Same-sex sexual activity is legal in the U.S. Virgin Islands; civil unions are not available; and, same-sex marriage is forbidden by statute (Virgin Islands Code 16 V.I.C. § 31).
- The leader of the local government is Governor John de Jongh, a Democratic, since 1 January 2007.
- Virgin Islands residents are U.S. citizens but cannot vote in United States presidential election and cannot elect voting members of Congress. However, in the U.S. House of Representatives, they are represented by a delegate, who can vote in congressional committees but not in the House itself.
- Following the 2013 SCOTUS ruling in United States v. Windsor, both the IRS and the Department of Labor (DOL) wrote that for their purposes the term "spouse" refers to any individual who is lawfully married under any state law, including individuals married to a person of the same sex who were legally married in a state that recognizes such marriages, but who are domiciled in a state that does not recognize such marriages. This applies to the U.S. Virgin Islands.