UK Minister To Cayman On ‘Equality Legislation’

October 15, 2016

The UK’s Overseas Territories Minister Baroness Anelay told the Cayman Legislative Assembly that the “continued discrimination against” the LGBT community placed the Cayman Government in “breach of its legal obligations” and said the “UK had no plans to impose same-sex marriage but implied that there must be some form of equality legislation.”

This is according to a story in the Cayman News Service, which said “The UK’s overseas territories minister, Baroness Anelay, told the Legislative Assembly Tuesday that the continued discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community placed the Cayman Islands Government in breach of its legal obligations. Addressing MLAs at the opening of parliament this morning, she said that the UK had no plans to impose same-sex marriage but implied that there must be some form of equality legislation.

“During her short visit the Foreign and Commonwealth junior minister, who is well-known for her support of human rights and equality issues, said she was aware of the sensitivity of the subject and the debates happening in Cayman but she warned that no country could realise its full potential until it drew on the talents of all of its people, and suggested there was an economic as well as a legal imperative to deal with equity for LGBT people.

“Baroness Anelay said it took some time in the UK for equality legislation so she understood the need for time to reflect. Assuring the local politicians that she was not here to lecture, she said it was the position of the UK and in the interests of everyone for the Cayman government to ensure equality for the LGBT community.”

Read the full story here on the Cayman News Service.

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  1. Thinker says:

    AMEN!!!! Hopefully they will sort Bermuda out too!!!

  2. Family Man says:

    It’s pretty sad when people have to be TOLD to treat others equally.

  3. sage says:

    Apparently Cayman has no other forms of discrimination or affected people. Don’t worry about discrimination against the poor, blacks, women, the disabled, “drug” users etc, it’s of no consequence. It’s pretty sad rights and freedom from discrimination is limited to LGBTQ nowadays.

  4. Mary says:

    don’t you think its strange that Bermuda with its high rate of illegitimacy and single unwed parents votes no to marriage equality ,beyond believable and bizarre really.