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Bermuda could be the first country in the world to re-ban same-sex marriage

Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda

LGBT+ people in Bermuda celebrated earlier this year when the country’s Supreme Court effectively legalised same-sex marriage with a landmark ruling, after it deemed a ban on such a union a discriminatory violation of human rights.

After the positive response to the ruling, the Bermudan government then confirmed that it would not appeal the decision.

However, MP Wayne Furbert has now introduced a Bill which seeks to re-ban same-sex marriage.

The issue will head back to Bermuda’s Parliament, where it has a very real chance of winning support from anti-LGBT lawmakers.

“Our position is that same-sex couples should have all the legal rights of heterosexual couples, save for marriage,” Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown told the Royal Gazette.

“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.

“There already exists a Bill, the Civil Unions Bill, which would have similar elements to what is needed, although it obviously would not be called that.”

If same-sex marriage is re-banned in the country, it would be a massive problem for cruise liners in the area who have already taken bookings for weddings.

Bermuda, a collection of small North Atlantic islands with a population of 65,000, held a referendum on same-sex marriage last June which saw an overwhelming majority vote against changing the law.

69% voted against marriage equality, and only 31% voted in its favour, however only 46.89% of those registered on the electorate turned out to vote, which is below the 50% required to deem a question “answered”.

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