“Govt Pleased With The Outcome Of Appeal”

March 14, 2022 | 37 Comments

“The Government is pleased with the outcome of the appeal,” Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons and Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban said today following the ruling by the Privy Council in the UK.

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Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Reform Kathy Lynn Simmons

Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons said, “The Government is pleased with the outcome of the appeal, which confirms that section 53 of the Domestic Partnership Act 2018 does not infringe the constitutional rights of the Respondents in the appeal.

“The Government will now take time to consider the full judgment and its impact.”

Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban

Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban said, “The Government is pleased with the outcome of the appeal, which confirms that section 53 of the Domestic Partnership Act 2018 does not infringe the constitutional rights of the Respondents in the appeal.

“However, I must reiterate that the Government is here to support all citizens. There are people in Bermuda who support same-sex marriage, and there are people in Bermuda that do not. What must be understood is that I, as the Minister responsible, support every person. I upheld and respected the rule of law and continued to support the courts when they saw fit to make allowances for same-sex marriage.

“The Domestic Partnership Act 2018 gave all couples the same rights under the law. Today’s judgement of the Privy Council cements the position supported by Bermuda’s electorate as lawful. We move forward recognizing that Bermuda was the first country in the English-speaking Caribbean that legislated full rights for same-sex couples, it was the correct decision, and we stand by it.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    “The Government is pleased with the outcome of the appeal,” Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons and Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban said today following the ruling by the Privy Council in the UK.”

    The PLP Government is pleased that its right to discriminate against certain types of people has been has been upheld!

  2. sandgrownan says:

    Disgusting individuals. They ought to be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, but as PLP Ministers, shame is not an emotion of which they are capable.

  3. Teeed Off says:

    with this OPPRESIVE govt would expect no less from them

  4. Platinum says:

    The PROGRESSIVE LABOUR Party certainly looks like a REGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE Party.

    At this point they’re just a national embarrassment and they’re dragging the rest of us down with them.

  5. Not Given says:

    I’m glad the Government is “pleased”. I’ll remember that in the next election. And to the minister who said ” I upheld and respected the rule of law and continued to support the courts when they saw fit to make allowances for same-sex marriage”, remember that it was you and your party that ensured the HRA was amended to exclude sexual orientation, and the courts can only rule on what is legislated, not what they know to be right or wrong…

    So to make it clear to all, if the HRA was amended to exclude race, we are all free to once again discriminate on the basis of the colour of your skin. Sounds crazy right? But it’s simple, without a protection under the Human Rights Act, the Government can do what they want to that class of people, and there is nothing the courts can do.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “if the HRA was amended to exclude race, we are all free to once again discriminate on the basis of the colour of your skin”

      I made the same comparison back in 2018. All I did was attract the wrath of PLP trolls.

  6. MB says:

    Tone deaf and another nail in Tourism coffin
    alongside the covid travel frustrations
    and constant objections to modern tourism developments.
    Bermuda unlike Cayman with it’s booming tourism and low debt,
    does not have the luxury to pick and choose on this,
    either we are a tourism destination and cater to and WELCOME ALL tourists,
    or we simply raise taxes on Bermudians to support our economy and be able to discriminate and turn away hotel development investors.
    This news has gone viral an will irreparably damage tourism

  7. Burtcoin says:

    I agree ! You mean just like the many people that discrimate against the people that have the right to choose what goes into their own bodies ?! And not by coercion, force or any other type that effects their rights and freedoms! To each his own ! When the shoe doesn’t fit then you show your hypocrisy

    • sandgrownan says:

      False equivalency is still a false equivalency no matter how many times you repeat it.

      • Burtcoin says:

        Only in your warped opinionated world! Enjoy the rulling with no Vaseline! Numnuts!

        • sandgrownan says:

          I think you are repressing some previously hidden emotions. It’s ok, come out of the closet, it’s ok.

        • saud says:

          Those of you, Burtcoin, who fantasize about gay sex so much, might want to think about coming out of the closet. You’ll feel less oppressed.

    • LOL says:

      The ruing did Numb your nuts!

      • Sandgrownan says:

        “Advocate” is calling for cruise lines to boycott Cayman and Bermuda. Pleased with that KLS? Moron.

      • saud says:

        How do you know about his nuts? You like nuts? Furry ones? turns you on, thinking about those mens…init?

  8. Blind says:

    I would like to know the local lawyers and churches and govt ministers that piloted this thru so I can cancel them off of any possible dealings with them in any form and delete them from my Christmas list. Progressive more like dictatorship party

  9. Unknown800k says:

    That’ll boost egomeirs ego
    Worst premier ever

    • LOL says:

      He won 30-6 so he’s the best unless you find someone in the 6 party to beat him, but you can’t because they also didn’t accept SSM. (SMILE) If he’s that bad why don’t you run for Premier and start your own party! Take sandgrownan with you!

      • Unknown800k says:

        ,agree whole heartedly. Just hope you have the same attitude when we are put on the black list again, and our or at least my great grand kids great grands might put a dent in the debt. So theres your 30-6;)

      • Sandgrownan says:

        Meanwhile in Chile, the first same sex marriage has just taken place as new marriage equality laws come into effect.

        Bermuda is on the wrong side of history.

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          An openly Catholic country like Chile allows same-sex marriage but we do not … that dampens my pride as a Bermudian

  10. Me says:

    Mr B is a very intelligent leader but is not and never will be an Obama has no clue how to unite people when he has all the tools in hand, and the reason is he is only in it for personal gain and power.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “has no clue how to unite people when he has all the tools in hand”

      He has no desire to unite people. It is by keeping us divided that the PLP stays in power

    • PBanks says:

      Not even Obama was able to unite people, and there’s no would-be leader in Bermuda at that kind of level.

      The political parties here are there to win elections, cut and dry. This ruling is a feather in the cap for the Premier as it appeases his base. The next election manifesto will highlight this as “promise made, promise kept”.

  11. Maddog says:

    Please explain how a group of people can be so adamantly against discrimination for one group of people and yet so supportive of discrimination against another group of people. Selective discrimination? We are all people. Race, gender, religion, sexual orientation….we all deserve the same equal rights…equal rights aren’t just for one group of people you morons

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “we all deserve the same equal rights”

      I agree. Our Government, however, does not.

  12. LOL - the real one says:

    “The Government will now take time to consider the full judgment and its impact.”

    OK, then:

    1. Is the Government going to seek reimbursement from ALL of the plaintiffs for the taxpayer costs of this case? Recall that Mr. Godwin-DeRoche married in Canada after same-sex marriage was “legal” in Bermuda.

    2. What are the Government’s legal action plans for the handful of people who did marry while the case was being appealed? Classify the marriages as something else?

    • PBanks says:

      Seems like option 2 will reset the mark on court cases and Bermuda will have to go through another few rounds

  13. NC says:

    So how about we just eliminate legal recognition of marriage altogether, for heterosexual and homosexual couples alike, and only have marriages recognised by the churches people attend? If it means so little outside of religion.

  14. Whi says:

    The gay and lesbian members of the PLP who are or were ministers need to hang their heads in shame. They didn’t stand up to protect the rights of a minority group they are part of. Cowards. Also the PLP ministers who are friend of those in the LBTQ community, you didn’t stand up to protect your friends or colleagues rights. None of you should have a seat at the table. This was your chance to do good and you cowered away and said nothing.

    You want to make amends, crawl out from your little safe rock and make a change today, now. Stand up and be counted and end the suffering. Demand equality today.

  15. Maddog says:

    Please can someone explain to me how people (like those in our Government and our churches) can fight so hard against racial discrimination (and rightly so) yet fight so hard in support of discrimination against another group of people? Race, Gender, Religion, Sexual Orientation – we are all people at the end of the day and should all have the same rights. How can you be so selective about discrimination….you discriminate when it suits you? It’s not acceptable when someone discriminates against you yet you do it to someone else? WE ARE ONE PEOPLE. Would love to hear one of you justify your positioning on that.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      Cognitive dissonance or stupidity?

      Or it could be that they are just a%^holes, which pretty much sums up the religious conservative movement.

      Take your pick.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “Please can someone explain to me how people … can … fight so hard in support of discrimination against another group of people?”

      Certainly. For a devout Christian, being gay is an abomination.

      Leviticus 18:22 says “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

      That is why religion and government are incompatible. The one brands people an abomination and the other is supposed to protect all people equally.

  16. saud says:

    “Certainly. For a devout Christian, being gay is an abomination.”

    But, being a bigot, crawling up into your neighbors’ business…is being a “good” xtian?

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