“Bolongo Bay believes that love is equal for all,” says Bolongo Bay managing director Richard Doumeng. “Guests and couples of all races, genders, and sexuality are welcome at our resort. We are honored each and every time a couple chooses Bolongo Bay to say “I Do” and promise a lifetime of love and happiness to one another.”
A 2015 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made same-sex marriage legal in all U.S. states and territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands. On July 8, 2015, Rick Weinstein and Tom Eggleston became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the USVI.
GayTravel.com, an international website for LGBT travelers (founded in a “tiny casita perched high above Magens Bay”) is a big booster of the USVI. “The governor signed an executive order issued honoring the Supreme Court’s decision to allow for same-sex marriages to take place in the US Virgin Islands,” the site notes. “The chief judge of the local courts has started issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The local island press has been featuring stories about the number of same-sex marriage licenses issued, the first gay marriage celebration, new gay resort openings, and other news stories.”
Destinations weddings are a breeze at Bolongo Bay with no passport required for U.S. travelers, and couples can exchange vows on the resort’s private beach or aboard Bolongo’s 53-foot catamaran, Heavenly Days. The resort has a dedicated “romance director” and special-events staff as well as a Bolongo Brides group on Facebook for exchange planning tips, ideas, and memories (grooms are welcome too!). Honeymooners can choose from a variety of romantic experiences, including private beach dinners and Bolongo’s all-inclusive package.
“We are happy that love and marriage is now recognized for all, and hope you choose Bolongo Bay for your special day,” says Bolongo Bay Romance Director Lorena Leonard.
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