Privy Council Rules In Favour of Government

March 14, 2022 | 104 Comments

[Updating] The Privy Council ruling in the UK regarding Bermuda’s marriage laws is scheduled to be delivered this morning [March 14] which will mark the conclusion of what has been a five year legal matter.

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The official website states the “Issue” is “Whether Bermudian legislation providing that only marriages between a man and a woman will be recognised as such in law infringes the Bermudian constitution.

Same sex marriage was initially legalised following a Court decision in May 2017, the Court ruled in favour of it again in June 2018 when a challenge was brought to the Domestic Partnership Act, in November 2018 the Court of Appeal dismissed the Government’s appeal, and the Government subsequently appealed to the Privy Council, and the case was heard in February, 2021.

The ruling by the Privy Council — which is the highest court of appeal for the island — is apparently supposed to start being delivered at around 8am Bermuda time, and we will update as able.

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  1. Platinum says:

    I think it is hilarious that a LABOUR GOVERNMENT really fought this so hard. A LABOUR party fought TO oppress. How tragically embarrassing for Bermuda.

    • jon says:

      That’s your opinion and your entitled to it. Im not Embarrassed at all.

      • saud says:

        Bigots tend not to be embarrassed.

        Dunning and Kruger explained it.

      • Deborah says:

        Me either!! I am not hardly embarrassed! Very pleased with the Privy Council’s decision!!

        • saud says:

          Good for you….and when your rights are removed…I’ll praise whoever does that to you…especially if it has no effect on my life, whatsoever…like marriage.
          It’s funny, Bermudians lead such sad and boring lives that they have to get all up in someone else’s life. It’s only one of the reasons the rest of the world laughs at us. LOL

    • Eyes wide open says:

      The PLP clearly explained to the voters before the last election that they were not in support of SSM. They won 30-6 and the Privy Council’s Judicial Committee, sided with the Government of Bermuda.

      • sandgrownan says:

        One object of having a legal framework, particularly around human rights, is that it protects those in a minority regardless of what everyone else thinks.

        The issue here, is that the PLP determined that they’d rather play political games with people’s lives than create a fair and equal society.

        • saud says:

          …and have opened a can of worms, without realizing it. LOL

        • Burtcoin says:

          What the hell do you know about human rights for minorities no matter what other people think?
          You talk out of both sides of your mouth and your R$$. So glad your not running this country

          • sandgrownan says:

            You’re not your. Grammar is important.

          • saud says:

            What the hell do you know about human rights, Burtcoin? You can’t even express yourself intelligently.
            You’re a typical racist, too stupid to realize it.

        • Eibert says:

          Well as you all know, in a democracy, the majority overrule the few. The few being, you know who…

          you’re always touting democratic this and democratic that…justice has been restored..

          Thank you providence.

          • sandgrownan says:

            Justice? Mob rule has been restored, which is really all you can say about Bermudians.

            • LOL (original) says:

              You wanted mob rule for unvaccinated.

              LOL just pointing out your double standard.

          • saud says:

            “Well as you all know, in a democracy, the majority overrule the few. ”

            This is what’s so embarrassingly sad about you. This is not how democracy works….otherwise we’d still have slavery.
            You’re ignorance is bountiful. I’m embarrassed for you.

  2. sandgrownan says:

    So it looks like a point of law. The amendment in 2017 allows for sexual discrimination.

    I wonder if all of our precious IB members, who thrive on equality will start to make further “Get out of Dodge” plans. We really are turning into a banana republic, run by incompetents, racists and homophobes all the time hiding behind God and an oversized portion of mac n cheese.

  3. Uplifted says:

    Awesome. Glad the case was decided in this manner. Marriage was originally intended to be between a man and a woman.

    • sandgrownan says:

      You sound fat.

    • Agree says:

      100 percent agree!

      • saud says:

        Now that the precedent has been set…lets ban that disgusting interracial marriage…oh, I don’t like redheads, so they shouldn’t be allowed to marry either.

      • Hey says:

        You 100% agree that discrimination against a minority group is acceptable? That is appalling. Rights of equality have been taken away from people to appeal to part of the populations religious beliefs.

    • saud says:

      Marriage is a sales contract. You stupid bigot.

  4. Change the Laws! says:

    Why? A community that is trying to be United and move forward from our discriminatory past and now we discover that our laws permit discrimination. Change the laws and solve this embarrassment. Who are we if we dictate who someone can marry or love?

    • Mike Hind says:

      They changed the law to ACHIEVE this discrimination!
      They had to cheat in order to do this.

      • sandgrownan says:

        That’s the point, it’s a legal argument. The Govt. can do this, because they amended the HR legislation. IF they hadn’t, SSM would be allowed.

        Question is, who is next? As posted above redheads? White people? Interracial marriage?

      • Change the Laws!!’ says:

        We can change the law again, back to what is fair and equal. Can you imagine we purposely changed an anti-discriminatory law to discriminate. I saw we, because as a community collectively we voted in this government I feel like we are getting closer to the Putin philosophy.

      • Peace says:

        Lie cheat and hide in the closet!!

  5. Joe Bloggs says:

    A sad day for Bermuda.

    The very fact that the PLP Government would fight for the right to discriminate against certain Bermudians is a sad reflection on Bermuda.

  6. maddog says:

    to Uplifted – sorry I must have missed this….can you please clarify WHO said a marriage is to be between a man and a woman please? Was that in the fairy tale story you call the Bible which has hundreds of different versions, all revised and adapted to suit the needs of some man likely….

    If consenting adults love and respect one another what is the problem…it’s none of your business. That half a million dollars spent on this ridiculous nonsense could have gone to good use feeding our hungry people and helping families (no matter what they look like) be better families…

    • Jesus says:

      Jesus did! Read a book you troll! Unbelievable that people don’t respect God and nature! Male on male and female on female can’t sustain the species and is not natural or nurturing! Face facts and move on! Gob bless!

      • saud says:

        Unbelievable is you!
        You’re a joke, your bible is a joke and your god is not real.
        you have a serious mental illness, you need to seek treatment ..for your delusions, your bigotry and your hate.

        • Burtcoin says:

          Well unfortunately for you it’s only one way to find out . When your dead. I’ve got Nothing to loose if your right but if your wrong …. Lol!

          • saud says:

            It’s the big words, right? They confuse the hell out of you.

            Bigotry comes with stupidity, you express that well.

        • Jesus says:

          Ye who deny me will be met with my wrath and spend eternity in hell! So do so at your own peril! Sleep well.

          • Mike Hind says:

            A. That’s a religious argument and, as such, should ONLY apply to followers of that faith.

            B. Judge not lest you be judged.

            C. Why not just be nice and leave people alone? They aren’t hurting you.

      • PBanks says:

        This case isn’t about reproduction, it’s about marriage… something that already isn’t ‘natural’

      • sandgrownan says:

        Well, this Jesus fellow seems like a bit of a dick to me.

        And besides, you do know that there are many examples of what you might call homosexual behaviour in nature? I know it doesn’t fit your narrative.

      • Mike Hind says:

        That’s a religious argument and is irrelevant.
        Unless you’re cool with people forcing the rules of their religion on you… or is that only when it’s YOUR religion that it’s ok?

      • Hey says:

        You are wrong. It is very natural and extremely nurturing. Love is love. Hate is hate, are you a hater or a lover?

        • Burtcoin says:

          Nope not a hater. Just not into the sanitation business

          • saud says:

            You’re a bigot, you hate for no reason.
            You’re a sad little closet case…homophobes like you are drawn to threads like this, because it allows you to be gay without coming out of the closet…it’s sad, all you spew is anger. You need to get laid.

            • Eyes wide open says:

              Prime example why your message gets lost every time you type. It just shows that every blog site needs a clown.

  7. CM says:

    How shameful. So very sad. This island is moving backwards

  8. saud says:

    I think it’s hilarious that the PLP, its followers…and their white British overlords…all think the SAME way!

    • Proof says:

      See us Blacks and Whites can agree on something! Good now let’s move on now that this distraction is behind us! No more gay marches thank you!

      • saud says:

        Agreed, No more BLM marches…get over it and move forward.

        • PBanks says:

          Both of you are wrong. March for what you believe.

        • trufth says:

          you’ve got a point there.

        • Real Deal says:

          both one in the same. it was already exposed long ago as high jacked movement. i march for common sense and the awakening of humanity we have be asleep too long not thinking logically being controlled by the lower urges of the body that wants only pleasure not even thinking of developing the home we live in in accordance to Nature

          • saud says:

            LOL…everyday, people like you expose yourselves for the rest of us to see.
            You’re a hypocrite, you’re a bigot.

            I know you have no idea what those words mean, but one day your grandchild will explain them to you. LOL

      • Mike Hind says:

        You know this isn’t gonna stop “the gay marches”, right?

        Or are you just THAT ignorant of the subject?

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        “No more gay marches thank you!”

        My family did not take part in any “gay marches”. My family does, however, support equality for all and we have taken part in marches supporting marriage rights for all, equality of treatment by the police (BLM) and we will continue to do so

    • sandgrownan says:

      It was argued on a point of law not morality (or some version of religious bigotry).

      The way I understand it is that the issue is that the amendment to the HR act in 2017 ALLOWS for human rights to be denied. The judgement actually says that, the Bermuda Government states that human rights can be denied. Who is next?

  9. #sad says:

    What a disgusting show of discrimination from a government that is just desperate for another handful of votes. Bermuda is standing on the edge of a cliff and the PLP seems hell-bent on pushing us all off…..

  10. Unbelievable says:

    I am so tired of the PLP. They do nothing to uplift this country. They have the majority vote – they can do anything including all the good things but instead pander to a few.

    I don’t know how current and former PLP MPs who are gay can even stomach this party.

    • sandgrownan says:

      Self loathing. That’s the explanation.

    • Mike Hind says:

      It’s not just the PLP. The OBA’s incompetence and lack of leadership is just as at fault here.

      NONE of our politicians and so-called leaders is innocent here.

      It’s not partisan. They ALL let us down.

      • saud says:

        One might think you and j Starling are also on the friends and family plan.
        The OBA isn’t the government any more, move on.

        • Mike Hind says:

          What on earth are you talking about?

          I was speaking against BOTH parties.

          How did you miss that?

          • saud says:

            Did you miss the election? the OBA lost, they’re not in government, you can stop blaming them, they’re not the bigots, the PLP are. Understand yet?

            • Mike Hind says:

              You do get that they have a hand in this, right?
              And that, if they had done their job better and were a viable option, they could have done something… but they didn’t. When they were in power, they could have done this. They were too weak. And then couldn’t even field a full team.

              They are just as much at fault for this as the PLP is.

              They’re BOTH in the wrong.

            • White Wash says:

              The OBA failed to make change when they were in power don’t try to re-write history for the sake of being a TROLL for them. Every single one of their elected leaders didn’t recognize SSM and publicly stated this. Craig Cannonier, Michael Dunkley and Jean Atherden.

              • saud says:

                run along little troll..learn to read for comprehension.

                The OBA are not the government. You can continue to blame them all you want, it just reveals your ignorance.
                Please continue.

                The people of Bermuda are Bigots.

              • Truthhertz says:

                The OBA also said that they wouldn’t appeal the Bermuda Supreme Court’s ruling in favor. And they didn’t. The PLP did.

      • sandgrownan says:

        Correct.

    • Whi says:

      Those gay and lesbian PLP ministers and ex ministers should have stood up for equality. You know who you are and you are the worst kind of coward to walk the earth. Shame on you.

  11. Mike Hind says:

    This is a sad day for Bermuda. Our elected leaders on both sides have decided to take the side of a bigoted minority and have chosen baseless discrimination over equality.
    Not once has anyone EVER given a valid, defensible reason for denying people equal access to the rights conveyed by marriage.
    Not once.
    It’s always been based on a lie.
    Every time.
    It’s disgusting that we, as a community, have chosen to hurt people rather than helping them.
    Shame on the privy council and shame on Bermuda.

    • JAWS says:

      So true Mike both sides failed us but it changes nothing love is love.

      • LOL (original) says:

        but the hate shown above in these comments are astounding.

  12. RMB says:

    And the PLP need to remove “Progressive“ from their name…

  13. D says:

    Beautiful! Thank you AG! Today is a great day for the institution of marriage.

    • Mike Hind says:

      By banning people from being able to take part in it?

      That makes sense.

    • saud says:

      This ruling opens up a whole new world of hurt for Bermudians. It’s SAD that your poor education blinds you, You cannot see what you’ve done…until your own rights are removed.

  14. Jerry says:

    What does this mean for all those already married?

  15. Unbelievable says:

    David Burt has gay friends and I bet that those friends are so disappointed in him. They should be.

  16. Ashamed says:

    Today I am embarrassed to be called a Bermudian, in fact when asked i shall never say that I am. This govt has ruined what little faith if any I had in their abilities.. They are gutless, clueless useless in their archaic ways. We will never move forward as a nation with this pathetic mindset and tunnel vision that they force on us. The PLP should remake itself to the RLP Regressive Repressive labour Party. They can harp on past oppression as being wrong but yet they can still press those that dont suit their mold. By the way I am not gay. At the same time they dont have the goolies to stand up and say We support the Ukrainians and WILL cease any and ALL Russian owned operated business in this island. We might loose some money from our registries well go find the missing millions. Had enough

  17. JM says:

    I hope this news gets around the world real quick and I hope we suffer financially.

    • saud says:

      You are, and you will.

    • Real Deal says:

      you can keep ya money you can buy some people because they caught up on hype but no one can by me or a lot of the people i know we just see life different and morally stand for more than your fake money could every stand for. so if you want to take yah ball take it and get krackalackling my peoples will survive cause we Warriors

      • Lost wheel says:

        get real and try english language please. no-one wants to buy you everyone is different and they all have opinions, some you agree with some you dont and we are far far from warriors, more like lemmings

      • Whi says:

        Morally, you have no morals, you are clueless cult following tithe paying brain dead gimp

  18. MelT says:

    My best friend literally just canceled her plans to Wed in Bermuda next year, after seeing this ruling. They would have been bringing over 75 guest with them.
    Expect this pattern to continue. Bermuda just shot themselves in the foot! Sad.

    • Joe Public2 says:

      You really think they care or didn’t consider this. The govt told everyone that they didn’t support SSM before getting voted in and won both elections in the last 5 years on this merit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They won 24-12 and the 2nd election 30-6 on these principles.

  19. Real Deal says:

    well well seems like there are still many logical thinking lifeforms overseeing the island. Mother Nature they heard your guidance I am sure the ALL is pleased with our development towards the development of the righteous and logical Creation that is Reality.

    • Mike Hind says:

      You’re celebrating bigotry and forcing of religious views onto people.

      • Burtcoin says:

        And your forcing the sanitation business on too others . Just because you want to be progressive doesn’t make it right. Bigotry comes in many forms .try checking your own back yard. I’m sure there is something out there that you don’t agree with and never will . But because the shoe doesn’t fit and so your upset . Boo hoo

        • Mike Hind says:

          Ok… first off, “sanitation business”? You’ve used this phrase a few times. Do you think it’s clever? I’m guessing you’re childishly referring to the sex act. Why are bigots so obsessed with how other people do it?

          Secondly, you realize that this isn’t going to stop people being gay or stop people from accepting and loving them. This is just a small win for the hateful and ignorant.

          As for my back yard? I know where all the skeletons are and I’m not ashamed of them. I’m not scared to sign my name, either. Unlike you, hiding like a coward under the hood of anonymity.

          • LOL (original) says:

            See netflix if your in the know you will understand. Also see how the anti grooming bill in Florida just passed. Its actually called the Parental Consent Bill unless you want main stream new then you know it by a made up name.

    • gok says:

      please ask Mother nature if she is gonna get rid of the gay penguin’s then .

      • Real Deal says:

        you ask Mother Nature your self i can the lesson for myself already when gender roles are not fully structured.

        look at what happens to the baby penguins where the males do not act like males and Protect it is simple to understand not hard to understand that we made it as far as we did because are males protected the family and worked together. you can go be a penguin if you want to hell some where in this silly world you can even marry one not in Bermy though we have not lost all of our common sense yet

        • Mike Hind says:

          Wait… do you think “Mother Nature” is a real person?

          And… none of that is relevant to the topic.
          Nowhere in the law does it say that “a male has to act like a male and protect”. You’re making things up to justify hurting people.

          And no, no one can marry a penguin. Anywhere. Animals cannot give consent nor sign legal contract.

          It amazing how bigots uniformly don’t seem to understand consent. Or telling the truth. That’s very telling.

  20. Periodtttt says:

    Oh hellllll

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