Bermuda Revokes Same-Sex-Marriage Rights, In A World First

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The UK's lack of intervention has also been met with disappointment. He said: "Bermuda seems to want to have it both ways".

The new civil partnership law met European human rights standards, Baldwin said, telling MPs that ministers had limited powers over Britishoverseas territories, which were "separate, self-governing jurisdictions with their own democratically elected representatives that have the right to self-government".

Mr Pettingill - a former Attorney-General who represented Winston and Greg Godwin-DeRoche in their case which resulted in the Bermuda Supreme Court making same sex marriage legal in May 2017 - was speaking after the Governor gave assent to the Domestic Partnership Act 2017. This is a breach of human rights, and the Government should reverse their decision immediately'.

"The first slaves we brought to Bermuda in 1620, oppressed, segregated, discriminated against", he said.

"Gay and lesbian Bermudians have been told that they aren't quite equal to everyone else".

"This country has been one of the world leaders on this subject - so if this is not the issue on which to refuse assent I don't know which is".

Labour's Chris Bryant told MPs that Russian Federation would in future "laugh" at the British government whenever it criticised Moscow for its track record on LGBT rights. "This is not equality, and the British Government has obviously just said, "This is not our fight".

The UK Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, decided it was "not appropriate" for the government to veto a decision taken by Bermuda lawmakers to ban same-sex marriage.




Less than a year after same-sex marriages were legalized in Bermuda, the governor of the British island territory signed a bill into law on Wednesday that replaced it with domestic partnerships.

Walton Brown, Bermuda's Minister of Home Affairs, whose ruling PLP party proposed the act, said he was pleased with the decision.

The act is meant to strike a fair balance between two now irreconcilable groups in Bermuda, by restating that marriage must be between a male and a female while at the same time recognising and protecting the rights of same-sex couples, said minister of home affairs Walton Brown.

In December, the majority of Bermudan legislators voted in favor of the bill, which effectively swaps same-sex marriage for domestic partnership.

The Human Rights Campaign Global complained the new law strips same-sex Bermudian couples of the right to marry.

Bermuda has become the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage and then repeal it.

The previous year, two-thirds of voters had rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum, although turnout was low at below 50%.

The Guardian notes that before Bermuda's high court legalized same-sex marriage a year ago, proposals for same-sex marriage and same-sex civil unions were rejected by voters in a referendum in 2016, although turnout was below the minimum requirement.

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