12 Local & Maritime Same Sex Marriages In 2017

July 23, 2018

Of the 892 marriages — both local and maritime — processed through the Registry General last year, twelve were same-sex marriages, with ten taking place in Bermuda, and two on Bermuda registered ships.

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Marriage Statistics 

This is according to the Annual Report of the Registry General for the year ended December 31st, 2017, which was tabled in the House of Assembly by Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown.

Speaking on the report, the Minister said, “For the year ending 31st December 2017 there were 440 marriages performed in Bermuda.

“Of the total 440 marriages recorded in 2017, ten were same-sex marriages. Eight of the same-sex marriages were performed at the Registry General as civil ceremonies, and the remaining two marriages were religious ceremonies held at a hotel and a home.

“During 2017 same-sex marriages between parties who were both residents accounted for 5 or 50% of the total of 10 marriages. The report also shows that there were two same-sex marriages between non-residents, and three same-sex marriages between a resident and non-resident.

“452 marriages were performed on board twenty three Bermuda registered ships in 2017,” Minister Brown said. “Of the 452 maritime marriages, two or 0.4% were same-sex marriage ceremonies.

“The cumulative number of marriages [local and maritime] processed through the Registry General for the year ended 31st December, 2017 was 892 as compared to 918 for the year ending 2016.”

Changing SSM Laws

These same-sex marriages would have taken place following the Supreme Court decision in May 2017 which legalised same sex marriage, however the Domestic Partnership Act passed in Bermuda’s legislature last year which created domestic partnerships and restricted marriage as between a man and woman, with the DPA taking effect on June 1st of this year.

A challenge to the Domestic Partnership Act was brought, with the Court ruling in favour of it on June 6th to mark the second court ruling in favour of same sex marriage, and on July 5th, the Government confirmed that they have filed an appeal in the case.

Marriage laws also pertain to cruise lines registered in Bermuda — Princess Cruises, Cunard, and P&O — as they also adhere to Bermuda law.

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  1. Wow says:

    Wow a whopping 10 gays got married! That’s big business for Bermuda (not)! A celebration of mediocrity and they need to go away!

    • sandgrownan says:

      Well it would be twenty not ten, but it is of no surprise that someone of such limited intellect and as discriminatory as you, would have a basic grasp of mathematics.

      Crawl back under rock.

    • LOL says:

      ” they need to go away”

      spoken like a true bermudian.

    • Anbu says:

      no people with your mindset need to go away. Willing to bet you are over 50 lol. Pls hurry up and expire.

    • Unbelievable says:

      @Wow…haha you have limited capacity to understand this. It nothing to do with with big business. No sense explaining it to you.

      @sandgrownan…you are right.

  2. John says:


  3. Cow Polly says:

    Actually WOW I would say the opposite. 10 gay marriages didn’t exactly change Bermuda’s world now did it? Did the vestiges of ‘family life’ fall apart as some claimed it would? Of course not. It didn’t change anyone’s marriage vows, those who commit adultery carried on, those who abuse their wives/husbands still do, those who have children out of wedlock still did and yet it meant an awful lot to those 10 couples who love each other enough to fight for their rights. And, most surprising of all, the Government is continuing to waste how many thousands of tax payer dollars to appeal this? WOW!!!!!!

  4. StGeorgesGirl says:

    10 marriages is 20 ‘gays’… Wow honey, you need to learn to caunt! Even Cuba is introducing same sex marriages. Why should ‘they’ go away? What has changed in your life because of it? Has your rent gone up? Lost your job? Banned from the shops or restaurants? Can’t drive anymore? It’s none of ya business. Keep ya pokey nose out!

  5. voltage says:

    What a unique situation for these couples – our chosen twelve. It will be interesting to see how Bermuda manages with the appeal and if any other couples will be joining our Twelve Apostle Couples of Same Sex Marriage.

    We are in for an interesting time over the next year and the potential of very large investments in legal fees on both sides of this legal and moral argument. What does our Bermuda Government believe about Diversity and Inclusion? Is there a ranking by our Government that is separate and unique to universal definitions used by both local and international businesses?

    In the meantime, the New York Times ran a piece July 21st on the edits to Leviticus that should be required reading by all Bermudians – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/21/opinion/sunday/bible-prohibit-gay-sex.html

  6. Carlton says:

    and to think the PLP has waited thousands on this issue that Wayne and Pm have been scare-mongering us about from the Church of the poisoned minds
    what a joke , we could have bought pencils and uniforms vital stuff for schools smmh