The Barbados government has signalled its intention to recognise same sex relationships.
Governor General Dame Sandra Mason, who was addressing the opening of a new term of the Barbados Parliament, said the island has always been the vanguard of pioneering social justice and the protection of civil rights.
Dame Sandra said the legal systems of modern societies recognise many different forms of human relationships and Barbados is now increasingly finding itself on international lists for having a poor human rights record.
She said the Mia Mottley administration will do the right thing despite the likelihood of controversy.
Meanwhile, Barbados also announced its intention to become a republic.
It plans to remove Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state by November next year.