Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bermuda’s Supreme Court rules law repealing same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

Bermuda’s Supreme Court rules law repealing same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

"The Bermuda Supreme Court has righted the injustice that occurred when Bermudian lawmakers made the islands the first national territory in the world to repeal marriage equality", Ty Cobb, the director of Human Rights Campaign's global department, also told the publication in a statement, according to BuzzFeed. According to the Government of Bermuda official website, this bill was passed February 7, and officially put into effect June 1.

The Bermudian Supreme Court struck down the law on Wednesday (May 6), finding that it violates the Constitutional rights of gay people to deny them the right to marry.

"Allowing same-sex couples to marry doesn't hurt anybody else". The justice "said the sections of the Act which revoked the right to same-sex marriage were invalid because they were inconsistent with provisions in the Constitution which give the right to freedom of conscience and creed".

Carnival was forced to scrap same-sex weddings onboard its 24 vessels registered in Bermuda earlier this year when the British Overseas Territory enacted a law banning same-sex marriage.

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He added: 'If these measures aren't enough, we will if necessary evaluate the legal situation here or there'. He added that the government's powers to intervene "were not sufficiently used" in the past.


Same-sex couples will not be able to marry immediately, as the ruling has been stayed for six weeks while the government considers its next steps. "Our hearts and hopes are full, thanks to this historic decision by our Supreme Court and its recognition that all Bermuda families matter. It demonstrates that we have an excellent judicial process", he said.

The Domestic Partnership Act went into effect last Friday.

Justice Kawaley concurred, understanding that the plaintiffs in this legal battle had no intention of forcing their beliefs on any anti-gay marriage supporters. "But, in return for the law protecting their own beliefs, they can not require the law to deprive persons who believe in same-sex marriage of respect and legal protection for their opposing belief".

Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein said: "We are delighted that the supreme court of Bermuda has decided that same sex marriage is legal in Bermuda and we congratulate OUTBermuda on its hard-won challenge. We support marriage equality and we have been actively engaged in supporting efforts by OUTBermuda to legally challenge the action to again allow same-sex marriages on the island". However, the fact that the highest court has ruled in favor of gay marriage, not once, but twice within a year time span will hopefully be a good sign for the LGBTQ community.

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