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88 same-sex marriages on Saipan so far this year

AS of November, the Saipan mayor’s office had officiated at 88 same-sex marriages in 2017, marriage coordinator Bobby Yamada said.

Of this number, 63 were female couples and 25 were male.

Chinese female couples topped the list with 57, followed by Filipinos with two couples, a Filipino and Chamorro couple, and a Caucasian and Filipino couple.

May saw the most number of female couple marriages with 11. Nine female couples married in September, eight in June, seven in August, six each in January, October and November, five in March, two each in February and July, and one in April.

As for male couples in the same period, Chinese topped the list with 24. There were also two Filipino couples, one Brazilian and Chinese couple, one Chinese and Canadian couple, and one Chinese and German couple.

Six male couples were married in June, four each in May, August and November, three in April, two each in February and March, and one each in January, July and October.

Yamada said most of the same-sex couples from China applied online and flew to Saipan after their applications were approved.

On July 22, 2015, a month after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriages in the nation, Mayor Apatang officiated at the island’s first same-sex marriage. The female couple was from China.

As of November this year, Yamada said they had also issued 37 marriage licenses to male and female couples who married in court. These couples included Chamorros, Caucasians, Palauans, Chinese, Filipinos, Thais, Korean, Japanese and Bangladeshis.

In the same period, the mayor’s office issued 77 licenses to male and female couples who married in church. The couples were Chamorros, Carolinians, Koreans, Filipinos, Palauans, Yapese, Chuukese, Caucasians, Kuwaiti and Chinese.

In 2016, the mayor’s office officiated at the marriages of 275 male and female couples: Carolinians, Chamorros, statesiders, Koreans, Bangladeshis, Chinese, Japanese and Filipinos.

As of November this year, the mayor’s office had issued a total of 245 marriage licenses, Yamada said.