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Bermuda becomes the first country to repeal laws allowing same-sex marriage

11 February, 2018, 05:02 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Bermuda Repeals Marriage Equality, Offers Domestic Partnerships Instead

Across the United Kingdom, civil partnerships, which were originally introduced in 2004 to offer similar rights to same-sex couples, are being reevaluated-the government is discussing whether to open these partnerships up to straight couples or repeal altogether.

And Lib Dem Jamie Stone said he was "stunned" that Johnson did not think protecting the rights of gay people in Bermuda was an "exceptional case" worthy of his intervention.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, issued this statement: "As the world faces a resurgence of anti-LGBTQ activism, Bermuda just earned the shameful recognition of becoming the first national territory to strip away marriage from loving and committed LGBTQ couples".

"The Domestic Partnership Act permits any couple (heterosexual or homosexual) to enter into a domestic partnership and gives same-sex couples rights equivalent to those enjoyed by heterosexual married couples; rights that were not guaranteed before the passage of this Act", said Brown.

Around half a dozen same-sex marriages that have been officiated since May 2017 will now be recognised as a "domestic partnership".

Rankin, however, did not assent to gay marriage.

The Government is under pressure to explain why it let Bermuda become the first country in the world to repeal same-sex marriage laws.

In December, Bermuda's Senate and House of Assembly passed legislation created to reverse the Supreme Court ruling.

Same-sex marriage was approved by Bermuda's supreme court in May previous year and was celebrated by the island's small gay community.

Under the Domestic Partnership Act 2017, already passed by Bermuda's House of Assembly and Senate, any Bermudian will be allowed to form domestic partnerships which the government says will offer equal rights. Our research indicates many companies, consumers and travelers, including the overwhelming majority of the younger visitors powering Bermuda's growth, care about this issue.

Chris Bryant, former Overseas Territories Minister in the U.K.'s says the ban will damage Britain's worldwide reputation.

Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle said: "We are making our country a laughing-stock in the global human rights field".

Because Bermuda is a territory of Great Britain, some supporters of gay marriage were looking to the British government to block the legislation, but the British government confirmed they would not seek to interfere in the referendum.

But LGBTQ civil rights groups said the unprecedented decision gave same-sex couples second-class status.

She added: The FCO claims to stand for LGBT+ rights, yet in a territory THEY GOVERN they are waving through the repealing of same-sex marriage.

Walton Brown, the minister for home affairs, commented that the law would balance opposition to gay marriage while staying in line with European court rulings that protect and recognise same-sex couples on the island, Associated Press reported.


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