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The majority of the Bermuda Senate have voted against same-sex marriage

The country will become the first territory in the world to 'cancel marriage equality'

The majority of the Bermuda Senate have voted against same-sex marriage
Bermuda couple Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche took their fight for marriage to the country's Supreme Courr earlier this year | Photo: Rainbow Alliance BDA | Twitter

Bermuda’s Senate has overturned marriage equality a mere seven months after the country legalized it.

Eight out of eleven of the senators voted to replace same-sex marriage with a domestic partnership law.

Only three of the senators voted in favor of keeping marriage equality.

The senate made their decision yesterday.

Bermuda is a British overseas territory with about 65,000 inhabitants.

The final decision now rests with Bermuda’s governor, John Rankin.

He has to sign the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 bill for it to come into effect.

Walton Brown, Minister for Home Affairs, introduced his bill to the Bermuda House Assembly in September.

He said at the time he expected it to pass.

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

Same-sex marriage originally legalized in Bermuda on 5 May.

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Ty Cobb is the director of HRC Global.

HRC are calling on Governor Rankin to refuse to sign the bill.

He said: ‘If Governor Rankin signs this measure into law, it will rip away the right of loving same-sex couples in Bermuda to marry. That’s unconscionable.’

Bermuda will be the become the first territory in the world to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry.

The Human Rights Watch are also calling on Governor Rankin to not sign the bill which would roll back marriage equality.

Boris Dittrich is the LGBT rights advocacy director for Human Rights Watch.

He said: ‘The year 2017 has been great for marriage equality, with new laws in Germany, Malta, and Australia, but the year does not end well.

‘In Bermuda, the parliament stripped marriage rights from same-sex couples and replaced it with a domestic partnership law.

‘If Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin will sign the law, Bermuda will become the first country in the world to cancel marriage equality.’

Dittrich hopes Bermuda remains an isolated incidence and new countries will introduce marriage equality in 2018.


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