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Winston Godwin & Greg DeRoche: ‘It Is A Shame’

Winston Godwin & Greg DeRoche: ‘It Is A Shame’

“It is a shame that it has come to this after such a long fought battle,” but it is important to acknowledge “what we have been able to achieve together,” Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche said following the Domestic Partnerships Act passing in the House of Assembly. The couple — who filed the legal challenge which paved... Read more of this article

Centre For Justice On Partnership Bill Passing

Centre For Justice On Partnership Bill Passing

While disappointed that “Government chose to roll back full marital equality,” the Centre for Justice said they “were encouraged by a floor amendment giving recognition to all same sex marriages that have taken outside Bermuda prior to the commencement of the Domestic Partnership Act,” and also said it was “encouraging... Read more of this article

Tony Brannon: “Very Sad Day For Bermuda”

Tony Brannon: “Very Sad Day For Bermuda”

It is a “very sad day for Bermuda” which is “on the wrong side of history,” Tony Brannon said following the Domestic Partnerships Act passing in the House of Assembly, with Mr Brannon adding that “Bermuda will lose untold millions in LGBT tourism revenue.” The Domestic Partnerships Act aims to replace same-sex marriage... Read more of this article

House Passes Domestic Partnerships Bill

House Passes Domestic Partnerships Bill

The Domestic Partnerships Act passed in the House of Assembly last night [Dec 8], with the Bill seeking to replace same-sex marriage with a domestic partnership arrangement which can be entered into by both same-sex and heterosexual couples. Same sex marriage became legal following a Supreme Court decision in May 2017, when the court ruled in favour... Read more of this article

Centre Ask Govt To Withdraw Section Provisions

Centre Ask Govt To Withdraw Section Provisions

Saying they are “dismayed” that after marital equality was recognized by the Supreme Court, the Government “now seeks to roll back on those rights,” the Centre for Justice said said that “rights conferred by the Human Rights Act 1981 cannot be taken away by any other Act of Parliament” and “we have asked Government... Read more of this article

Preserve Marriage “Disappointed” By Legislation

Preserve Marriage “Disappointed” By Legislation

Preserve Marriage said they are “extremely disappointed that the Government is reintroducing the former Government’s 2016 Civil Unions Bill under a different title,” as to “legislate against same-sex marriage and simultaneously introduce civil unions under the guise of a Domestic Partnership Bill is an introduction of a parallel... Read more of this article

Petition To ‘Save Marriage Equality In Bermuda’

Petition To ‘Save Marriage Equality In Bermuda’

An online petition has been launched to “Save Marriage Equality in Bermuda”, with the petition saying that “Bermuda is on the cusp of being the 1st country on planet earth to roll back Marriage Equality,” and asking people to sign the petition “and tell the Bermuda Government to keep Marriage Equality in place.” The petition... Read more of this article

Domestic Partnerships Act Tabled In Parliament

Domestic Partnerships Act Tabled In Parliament

Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown tabled the Domestic Partnerships Act in the House of Assembly today [Nov 24], with the Bill set to be debated on December 8th. The Government previously stated the Bill will “essentially replace same-sex marriage with a domestic partnership arrangement which can be entered into by both same-sex and heterosexual... Read more of this article

HRC “Disappointed” Legislation Been Introduced

HRC “Disappointed” Legislation Been Introduced

The Human Rights Commission is “disappointed that the proposed legislation has been introduced after the case law on same sex marriage has been settled in Bermuda,” which “means that the proposed legislation is a de facto removal of rights from same sex couples by relegating their unions to a separate category which may not be recognized... Read more of this article

Column: ‘Not Allow Closed Mindedness To Win’

Column: ‘Not Allow Closed Mindedness To Win’

[Opinion column written by Michael Fahy] Over a week ago, the Minister of Home Affairs, Walton Brown advised the Bermuda public that he would be introducing the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 following a 13 day period of consultation with stakeholders. In short, the proposals will end the rights of same sex couples to enter in a marriage in Bermuda and... Read more of this article

One Domestic Partnership Bill Meeting Cancelled

One Domestic Partnership Bill Meeting Cancelled

The Ministry of Home Affairs advised that the Town Hall meeting on Thursday [Nov 9] about the Draft Domestic Partnership Bill has been cancelled, however they have encouraged people to attend the Town Hall scheduled for Wednesday [Nov 8] at 5:30pm at the BIU Building. A Government spokesperson said, “Please be advised that the Thursday town hall meeting... Read more of this article

Consultation Begins On Domestic Partnership Bill

Consultation Begins On Domestic Partnership Bill

Minister of Home Affairs Walton Brown is seeking the public’s feedback regarding the draft bill on Domestic Partnerships, which the Government said will “essentially replace same-sex marriage with a domestic partnership arrangement which can be entered into by both same-sex and heterosexual couples.” The Bill, which is available below,... Read more of this article

Video: Interview With Godwin & DeRoche

Video: Interview With Godwin & DeRoche

Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche — who successfully filed a legal challenge which paved the way for same sex marriage in Bermuda — sat down with Bernews this weekend for a live interview on our Facebook page, where they discussed the historic court case, LGBTQ rights, their recent marriage, the possible legislation pertaining to same sex... Read more of this article