Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Lifestyle & Culture

Bermuda becomes first country in the world to repeal same-sex marriage

Bermuda became the first country in the world to repeal a law allowing same-sex couples to marry. This comes after the British territory’s governor, John Rankin, signed into law a bill reversing the right of same-sex couples to marry, even if in 2017, a supreme court ruling authorized marriage equality.

‘Equal’ but NOT equal.

Bermuda became the first country in the world to repeal a law allowing same-sex couples to marry. This comes after the British territory’s governor, John Rankin, signed into law a bill reversing the right of same-sex couples to marry, even if in 2017, a supreme court ruling authorized marriage equality.

As blatant proof that the move was to cave in to conservatives, Walton Brown, Bermuda’s minister of home affairs, was quoted as saying that the legislation would balance opposition to same-sex marriage on the still socially conservative island while complying with European court rulings that ensure recognition and protection for same-sex couples in the territory.

Bermuda’s Senate and House of Assembly passed the legislation in December 2017, but a majority of voters opposed same-sex marriage in a referendum.

This is “intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda, by restating that marriage must be between a male and a female while at the same time recognizing and protecting the rights of same-sex couples,” Brown was quoted as saying.

The difference may seem to be just in name (“marriage” versus “civil partnership”), since couples in a registered domestic partnership will still have “equivalent” rights to those of married heterosexual couples, including the right to make medical decisions on behalf of one’s partner. But the move is unprecedented since no other jurisdiction has taken away the legal right to marriage after it has been granted.

Already, a call for a boycott of the territory is making the rounds, using the hashtag #BoycottBermuda.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Like Us On Facebook

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Travel

As part of its post-pandemic government agenda, UK is eyeing to ban "conversion therapy" and provide more support to those in the LGBTQIA community...

Travel

The federal court actually ruled in December 2020 that the state’s ban on birth certificate gender changes is unconstitutional. But it was only recently...

Op-Ed

Members of the LGBT+ community experience disability at the same rate as any other community. When that combination happens, it can make existing inequalities...

Travel

The German parliament voted in favor of the rehabilitation and compensation of soldiers who have faced discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation.

Advertisement