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Bermuda could be about to re-ban same-sex marriage

'Same-sex couples should have all the legal rights of heterosexual couples, save for marriage'

Bermuda could be about to re-ban same-sex marriage
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Bermuda couple Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche

Bermuda legalized same-sex marriage only three months ago.

But they could now be about to re-ban it.

A Bermuda Government MP said last month he would bring his Bill to Parliament in September. Wayne

Wayne Fubert’s bill would outlaw gay marriage. He said he is expecting it to pass.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Walton Brown, also supports the bill. He is part of the Progressive Labour party.

He said: ‘Our position is that same-sex couples should have all the legal rights of heterosexual couples, save for marriage.’

‘We will draft legislation to ensure same-sex couples have rights’

Legislation will be drafted to protect the legal rights of same-sex couples if the bill passes.

Brown explained: ‘If the private member’s Bill is successful, then we will draft and table legislation to ensure that same-sex couples have those rights enshrined in the law. At present, there is no need for this to be done due to the ruling by Justice Charles-Etta Simmons.’

Puisne Judge Charles-Ette Simmons legalized same-sex marriage on 5 May.

This came after a gay couple, Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche, took their fight for the right to marry to the Supreme Court.

Judge Simmons was greeted with applause after ruling in the couple’s favour.

 


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