The LGBTQ community has something new to celebrate on National Coming Out Day.
Miami-based cruise line Celebrity Cruises will now be able to perform legally-recognized same-sex weddings onboard, thanks to a landmark vote in Malta, where most of the line’s fleet is registered.
A motion in predominantly Catholic Malta passed the country’s parliament 66 to 1 in July, amending the “you are now husband and wife” declaration in civil ceremonies with “you are now spouses.” That opened the door for Celebrity to legally recognize same-sex marriage performed in international waters, and for the fleet’s captains to officiate the ceremonies.
Celebrity Cruises has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion.
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises
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“Celebrity Cruises has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ+ community, and I cannot think of a more important time in our history than right now to do all we can to support inclusion,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises, in a statement.
Celebrity has already been hosting same-sex weddings in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, where it’s legal. The cruise line is part of parent company Royal Caribbean Cruises.
“We are ecstatic that this new Malta ruling opens up marriage equality for anyone and everyone sailing with Celebrity Cruises while in international waters,” said Barbara Whitehall, managing director of the cruise line’s Wedding Experience program, in a statement.
The announcement came Wednesday, which is also National Coming Out Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness for the civil rights of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community.