International Media Report On Marriage Law

February 8, 2018

A number of overseas media have reported on the Governor giving assent to Bermuda’s legislation to replace same sex marriages with domestic partnerships, with outlets reporting on the situation including the Guardian, Time, Huffington Post, NBC News, Buzz Feed, NY Daily News, International Business Times, the Standard and more.

Domestic Partnership Act Given Assent

The Domestic Partnerships Act passed in the House of Assembly and Senate in December 2017, and was given assent by the UK-appointed Governor yesterday, paving the way to replace same-sex marriages with a domestic partnership which can be entered into by both same-sex and heterosexual couples.

International Media Reports


The Guardian reported, “The government has come under cross-party pressure to explain why it gave permission for Bermuda to repeal same-sex marriage rights, after the British territory became the first place in the world to make such a move.”

Time reported, “Legislation replacing same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships in Bermuda was signed into law by the governor Wednesday as critics called it an unprecedented rollback of civil rights in the British island territory.”

The Huffington Post reported, “Less than a year after same-sex marriages were legalized in Bermuda, the governor of the British island territory signed a bill into law on Wednesday that replaced it with domestic partnerships.”

NBC News reported, “A bill that would replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships in Bermuda has been signed into law by the governor of the British island territory.”

Buzz Feed reported, “Bermuda has become the first national territory in the world to rollback same-sex marriage.”

The NY Daily News reported, “Bermuda has become the first nation in the world to legalize gay marriage and then repeal it.”

The International Business Times reported, “Bermuda’s decision to become the first nation to legalise and then repeal same-sex marriages has been met with calls to boycott the country.”

The Huffington Post UK reported, “Boris Johnson has been accused of acting in a “shameful” way after he decided to allow Bermuda to reverse the right of gay couples to marry.”

The Standard reported, “Britain today voiced “regret” at Bermuda’s decision to repeal legislation which let same-sex couples marry.The British overseas territory cast itself into isolation on this issue after becoming the first country in the world to turn its back on gay marriage.”

The links above are only a sample of the international media reports, and there have also been numerous social media posts since the announcement of assent, and the #BoycottBermuda hashtag, which first surfaced after the Bill passed the Senate, is being used again.

CNN sent out this tweet to their 54 million followers on their ‘Breaking News’ account

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Twitter created a ‘Moment’ on their official moments account which has 500,000 followers

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The U.S. Human Rights Campaign’s Facebook post has almost 15,000 reactions as of this writing

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  1. sandgrownan says:

    #boycottbermuda is a thing

    • Onion Juice says:

      Good advertising.

      • sandgrownan says:

        Well, that depends. UK Travel show has cancelled it’s plans to film in Bermuda in the Fall. There’s also #nobermudatourism reaching out to Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines.

        Even if you are a mouth breathing ignoramus this isn’t, in any way, a positive step forward for Bermuda.

        • Real Deal says:

          you can take yah imported sand and grow somewhere else cause it dont some like you growing in no Bermy soil. dont let the door hit you bruh

          • Ok says:

            Bruh….that’s the dumbest sentence I have ever heard…lol

  2. Ok says:

    Great exposure….well done

  3. Shakin my Head says:

    Hope all of you who supported this are proud…. Bermuda is the laughing stock of the world, and as a proud Bermudian who loves my country every day I wake up, I’m ashamed.
    Allowing same sex marriage in no way should effect anyone who personally doesn’t believe in it, or in homosexuality. Church should be separated from state, civil rights should be separated from religious beliefs. Most people on my island are very nice and caring people at heart, I just really hope that this doesn’t create a backlash that we cannot recover from.
    Very sad

    • Onion Juice says:

      There are more countries and more people in the world that oppose SSM.
      So which world you talking about, its like US has a World Series and and its an American competition.

      • Farmer says:

        Oj you are one rotten creature, let’s look at it this way shall we. Imagine if countries still approved of racial oppression, does it make it ok because the majority of countries approve it or is it wrong based off the common sense that all humans deserve equal rights regardless? Ask yourself this and replace race with gay and if your opinion doesn’t change then perhaps you should crack open your ancient book and read John 15:12.

        • Albert Sons says:

          Thanks for this point Farmer. You’ve actually stabbed a finger into the heart of religious hypocrisy – how one group can be whine and complain and fight being oppressed themselves, but fail to see how they gleefully oppress others.

          That’s the beauty of religion, and why today’s youth are increasingly seeing through it. I’m in my early 30′s and almost everyone I know was raised religious and now know it’s a farce.

          Typical religion – tell everyone else how to live, but then live a hateful lie towards everyone else! Nice job!

      • sandgrownan says:

        They are ignorant too.

      • Geecee says:

        Yeah, all that Iranian tourism money is just gonna flow to us…

    • Real Deal says:

      Aint no States over here sweety, just parishes. and there is aless one church in each parish we are sold like the Rock on de Rock We are Bless

      • Very enlightened comment says:

        You are a real scholar with your wisdom. Thank you for sharing.

        You really make Bermuda look intelligent Real Deal.

        Your comment makes me embarrassed for you.

    • Joan Cabral says:

      I agree with you!

  4. It pays to advertise says:

    Perhaps this will give Bermuda a bump from tourists that share our internationally professed point of view!!

    • bdaboy says:

      “Perhaps this will give Bermuda a bump from tourists that share our internationally professed point of view!!”

      Maybe, but then, they don’t usually like people like most the island either.

  5. Good Stuff says:

    And just as Casey Neistat posted another video promoting us. Such poor timing. So sad. #unproud

    • Onion Juice says:

      Actually good timing, there are more straight people in the world then gay.
      Now if some straight people are sympathetic or if there are more gay travelers then straight then thats there choice.
      Most Caribbean countries and all African countries (besides South Africa,go figure) are against SSM and they still have many tourist visiting.

      • kinda sounds a bit says:

        like bigotry OJ–You are saying one group of people are welcome and others aren’t and I think you may have added a racial zinger in there too!

        ironic for a place like Bermuda don’t you think?

        Or perhaps this doesn’t apply to us as we are special and living in another world!!!


        • Double S says:

          Exactly when OJ whines about this and that, all I hear is the Charlie Brown teacher ‘wah, wah, wah.’

      • Mike Hind says:

        Nothing in this post is true. It’s just hateful rationalization of bigotry.

      • Bill Murray says:

        Right, so when the world considers race, you want everyone to respect equality, but then when its time for the other minority all of a sudden you don’t care?

  6. campervan says:

    “progressive” labour Party.
    Reap what you sow.

  7. hmm says:

    Walton Brown needs to retire. His ideology isn’t meant for the 21st century.

  8. dick francis says:

    So one half of the world thinks we are a crooked tax haven and the other half thinks we are a bunch of homophobes …

  9. San Patrick says:

    The original permission was rogue judicial action. Civil unions are the original legislation. The PLP were correct to put the judiciary back in their place. It is unacceptable to have a single judge make a ruling of such magnitude.

    • All right says:

      Agreed! Good poInt and why this move was necessary. No judge speaks for me!

  10. sandgrownan says:

    The #boycottbermuda twitter feed is full of folks canceling trips to the Island. IF you don’t do twitter, signup and go take a look for a view of how this looks to the outside world.

    It’s not pretty.

    • All right says:

      Total BS! If they want to see gays go to Key West!

      • JustininOaklawn says:

        Great idea! We will!
        THANKS “All right”!

      • Very enlightened comment says:

        I am so proud (LOL) to share this country with folks that have such a broad world view and have such empathy for those struggling against discrimination and for equality of treatment.

        Great Christian values at work here.

        Blessings abound!

  11. Real Deal says:

    the comment in the last picture is funny

  12. Warlord2 says:

    Since we are on the subject of taking human rights away we might as well implement segregation again.

  13. So says:

    This is so embarrassing. I am so upset I can’t even express in words, I am crying right now. How can Bermuda take this step back? Gay people are people too. Even if you don’t like it, don’t stop other people from living their lives. This is supposed to be a government for the people but you are being bigots. I am ashamed right now to come from this place. I love Bermuda but this is shameful.

  14. Alexis says:

    This is so ugly and hateful.

  15. Joe says:

    As a Californian I wish to congratulate Bermudans on their ground breaking reversal of this absurd law. Thank you for leading the way. Bermuda has now earned a place in my travel plans.

    • bdaboy says:

      “As a Californian ”

      LOL…that’s as far as I got…no need to read any further…you lot voted for trump, your opinion is moot.

  16. Preview says:

    For anyone supporting SSM, your angst shouldn’t rest with the “apparent” minority that were motivated, vocal and expressed their opinion. We will always have opposing views in life. Whether you agree with them or not, its a healthy system of checks and balances. One cannot deny that the people who oppose SSM got out of their chairs, stood their ground and made sure that their voices were heard. I may not support their position but I do support their right to express their opinion.

    The real issue rests with the many who blog about the hypocrisy of these people, but sat silently at home, never got out of their chair and made their voice heard…the “apparent” silent majority. Quick to complain when things don’t go their way but functionally mute when given the opportunity to make their voice heard. Writing a few online posts supporting a cause is the easy way out. Its about as shallow as sending a Facebook birthday wish. You are doing the bare minimum so that you can satisfy your own conscience. Posting a few rainbow pictures online will do very little to affect change. Do you really expect more? If that is all you are willing to do to support any cause then you are realistically telegraphing your passive acceptance of the opposing outcome and should therefore be willing to accept the consequences of your own limited action.

    We evolve as a species. It takes time and with some luck we will survive the process. If you want to expedite change then get off of your sofa, call a politician and express your opinion, start a petition, or go stand on the Hill.

  17. Dave says:

    It’s baffling trying to understand how a country with a majority population which have historically been the sufferers of bigotry, hate and oppression, can take itself seriously when it acts in the exact same manner towards another group of people.

    It’s 2018 and there are still people (apparently many people) who think that there is still a place in the world for discrimination and segregation.

    Congratulations, Bermuda, on his historic first.

  18. Calvin says:

    The decision of the people should stand. Why should Bermuda be subjected to the whims of those who were not born here. Most of those wanting SSM are visitors to the Island. This decision in no shape or form should be the basis for such idiocy. Refer to 1 Cor 6:9 for guidance.