Same-sex marriage was legalised in May after the Bermuda Supreme Court ruled that barring same-sex couples from marrying was discriminatory and in contravention of the country’s Human Rights Act.
While LGBTQ locals were jubilant at the time, their joy has been short-lived. Last week, the House of Assembly passed a bill to replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships.
The bill will allow those couples who have married within the last six months to stay married but in future same-sex relationships will only be registered as domestic partnerships.
It’s believed that the decision will see Bermuda become the first jurisdiction globally to have marriage equality rescinded.
Lawmakers argued that the bill will grant gay and lesbian couples the same rights as married couples while preserving the traditional definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. …
In June last year, 51% of Bermudians who voted in a referendum came out against legalising both same-sex unions and marriages. However, because only 46.89% of registered voters took part in the poll, the results were declared invalid.
hat-tip Stephen Neil