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Country With The World’s Oldest Tortoise, That’s Also Gay, Legalized Gay Marriage

Back in October, we shared the news with you that the oldest living animal in the world, a 186-year-old tortoise named Johnathon might be gay.

After years of wondering why he and his mate Frederica didn’t reproduce, one veterinarian discovered that Frederica was actually a male.

Since then, Johnathon and Fredrick have been enjoying their time out in the open and it seems the island country of St. Helena is ready to support them in the best of ways.

St. Helena’s legislative council just voted in favor of same-sex marriage with nine votes for and two votes against.

This vote arrived after a gay couple applied to marry earlier this year. But due to the island’s unclear law towards same-sex marriage, a call for public opinion was summoned by the Legislative Council to decide what to do.

Cruyff Bucley, a member of the council said to St Helena Online, “This bill ushers in a new level of respect for minority groups.”

Hon. Chrstine Scipio-o’Nean added, “We cannot discriminate. We must not, and we must strive to ensure equality.”

Now, gay couples within the 4,500 people on the island will be able to marry in only a matter of weeks.