Bermuda reverses same-sex marriage rights
Written by Keshia Jansen on February 9, 2018
Less than a year after legalizing same-sex marriages, Bermuda’s government has reversed same-sex marriage rights.
According to The Washington Post, same-sex unions will only be allowed to enter into domestic partnerships in the British island territory.
This gives same-sex couples similar rights as married couples, minus the legal title.
Reports assert that this has made Bermuda the first country in the world to legalize and then revoke same-sex marriage rights.
According to Bermuda Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown, most of Bermuda’s citizens do not approve of gay marriage.
“The act 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,” said Brown.
Brown says that same-sex couples that have married before the commencement of the new Act will still be recognized as being married.
Prior to this, Bermuda achieved marital equality with the Supreme Court of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda ruling in May 2017.
President and CEO of GLAAD, a U.S. non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by members of the LGBTQ community, Sarah Kate Ellis, is appalled by the decision.
“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,” Ellis said in a statement.
“LGBTQ couples and their children in Bermuda should know that the global community of LGBTQ people and allies will stand with them in rectifying this unjust and hurtful news. Love can never be rolled back.”