CNN Article Highlights Bermuda’s Marriage Laws

July 24, 2022 | 41 Comments

Writing for CNN, Allison Hope noted that U.S. Justice Clarence Thomas “suggested previous cases ensuring marriage equality, same-sex relationships and contraception should be reconsidered in light of the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade” and said “what’s happened in Bermuda really illustrates what’s at stake.”

The article said, “The House of Representatives moved to codify marriage equality on Tuesday by passing the Respect for Marriage Act with surprising bipartisan support. The 267 to 157 vote included 47 Republicans who agreed that the right to same-sex marriage should be enshrined in federal law, after Justice Clarence Thomas suggested previous cases ensuring marriage equality, same-sex relationships and contraception should be reconsidered in light of the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

“The bill comes at a critical time when so many hard-earned rights and protections are under threat. LGBTQ+ families, including mine, have been dusting off our living wills and seeking legal advice to ensure we are as protected as we can possibly be in the event that our marriages are dissolved.

“Of course, the fact that our rights are up for debate at all is incredibly frustrating at best and terrifying at worst.

“This weighs heavily on me as my family is preparing to travel to Bermuda this week. I have been anxiously reading up on the British territory’s fight for same-sex marriage, which has been legalized and overturned twice in the span of five years. Earlier this year, a London tribunal ended the lengthy legal battle by ruling that a Bermuda law banning same-sex marriage is constitutional.

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“The last time I went to Bermuda with my then-girlfriend more than a decade ago, marriage wasn’t an option there or in my home state of New York. A lot has changed since then; my wife and I are now legally married and we have a child. So much rides on our legal protections, and what’s happened in Bermuda really illustrates what’s at stake.

“As I gather our family’s documents to ensure we are protected in the event something happens while we’re traveling, I can’t help but wonder if this is how I’m going to have to live my life should the Supreme Court overturn marriage equality in the US. Will we need to carry our adoption papers when we go to the grocery store? Our living wills when we go to see the Grand Canyon? Will we have to go back to filing separate state and federal taxes, forced by the legal system to deny the existence of our relationship in order to complete our required paperwork?”

Read the full article here on the CNN website.

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  1. LOL - the real one says:

    The NYT interviewed “Jane Roe” years ago. Look up the story. She said the attorneys used her amongst other eye-opening comments that would keep my comments from being posted.

    It was unfortunate that Bermuda judges did not understand/follow the law, and the ssm debockale dragged on for years.

  2. Joe Bloggs says:

    Wonderful. Just the sort of publicity Bermuda needs!

    • let them live says:

      couldn’t ask for more thanks to Burts arrogant party and a few narrow-minded so called christians. Bermuda will never progress forward IMO when always looking backwards

      • LOL says:

        Don’t forget the OBA didn’t want SSM either and neither did their leaders.

    • LOL - the real one says:

      Tourists coming here do not care. Why would, they?

      • saud says:

        You finally have a tourist base that reflects your values.
        Racist, homophobic cruise ship passengers that don’t spend any money in Bermuda.
        LOL

        • LOL - the real one says:

          Spoken like a true xenophobic and heterophobic online commenter. NEXT!

          • saud says:

            LOL…you’re proving that you don’t know what those words mean either.
            Your racism and homophobia have deluded you. LMFAO
            Hypocrite :)

            • LOL -the real one says:

              Too funny coming from a non-native English speaker. Try harder.

              • saud says:

                You seem to have run out of insults….you need to find your big book of racism and try again.

      • Sandgrownan says:

        They ain’t coming anyway.

        • LOL - the real one says:

          You do not live in Bermuda, do you? Hamilton was full of tourists yesterday. Buying goods in shops, and dining in restaurants.

          • sandgrownan says:

            I had a couple of beers on Front St. yesterday afternoon as it happens. Busier than it has been for a while but still quiet.

            • LOL - the real one says:

              Sure you did. How could you afford a couple of beers with your 38% accurate bank account? Did you drive there with your car that only starts 38% of the time?

              • Sandgrownan says:

                Oh, that’s easy …. I earn way more than you do…..

                • LOL - the real one says:

                  At 38% on the dollar, not even a possibility.

                  • saud says:

                    Your welfare check (Handouts from the working class) doesn’t even pay you enough to eat. LMFAO

          • saud says:

            more delusions of grandeur. LOL

            Poor thing.

  3. Woe v says:

    Roe v wade is about abortion, not LGBTQ rights. its a paranoid conspiracy that Roe v wade will branch out to other aspects of life. Abortion has nothing to do with your perceived or desired gender or orientation etc. And the last time I checked, a baby is not the mother. A baby is a human being and grows up to an adult. A woman does not have the right to say the baby is HER body and HER choice. Nobody should have the right to kill another human, especially a child, especially their own child. Yet everyone is acting like it should not even be questioned. It also another paranoid conspiracy that Roe v Wade being overturned means that women will be penalized or criminalized for reasonable abortions, such as due to dangers or deformities or complications etc. If giving birth puts the mothers life at risk, then abortion is still legal and fine and reasonable. anyone telling you otherwise is uninformed, and anarchist spinning paranoid conspiracies.

    • Sandgrownan says:

      Factually incorrect. A number of Republican controlled states are already moving to criminalize abortions even in extreme medical cases and proposing charging the mother and the medical staff with murder. Not hyperbole, not hysteria, but facts.

      The SCOTUS decision puts all perceived rights at risk (except of course the f******g second amendment).

      • Question says:

        It puts “all rights at risk”? Laughable.

        • sandgrownan says:

          Justice Clarence Thomas said that the Roe decision should prompt the court to reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents.

          Dobbs’ opinion was more worrying in that it said that unenumerated rights in the constitution will only be respected if they are deeply rooted in this nation’s history and traditions. Essentially if the framers of the 14th Amendment in 1868 didn’t recognize the right and question that the right didn’t have constitutional existence, therefore leading to an opening to not only get rid of the right to abortion, but also the right to same-sex marriage, the right to sexual intimacy and the privacy of your home, and even the right to contraception.

          • LOL - the real one says:

            More copy and paste. Sad.

            If you had any knowledge of the US Constitution, you would know that marriage is not mentioned anywhere and therefore, falls upon the states to legislate.

            If you had any SCOTUS knowledge, you would know that according to CNN, SCOTUS has overturned (overruled) over 300 of its own rulings.

            If you had any knowledge of the US ssm issue, you would know that voters overwhelmingly voted against ssm almost every time it came up on a state ballot.

            You seem to enjoy seeing your comments online, wasting people’s time, and demonstrating your lack of subject matter knowledge on everything.

            Why are you here?

            • Sandgrownan says:

              Yup, cut and pasted. It’s merely an argument as to why roe vs wade sets a dangerous precedent in a politicized SCOTUS.

              • LOL - the real one says:

                Your command of the English language is weak. Unlike you, I write my own material and do not copy and paste scripted talking points.

          • Question says:

            The court can’t of its own volition reconsider anything. Your contention that it ‘puts all rights at risk’ is untrue.
            The Democrats had the opportunity to enshrine RvW into Federal law, but they decided not to, preferring the issue to remain a bone of contention in every judicial appointment, and in every election. This as much their failure as anything.

      • aceboy says:

        Way too much CNN for you….

        • Sandgrownan says:

          All it takes is for the AG of a RWNJ state to challenge ma existing ruling and bingo. Rights are eroded.

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      “Roe v wade is about abortion, not LGBTQ rights”

      Sorry, I disagree. Roe v. Wade and, more recently, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization are not about “abortion” they are about rights. Not necessarily LGBTQ+ right, but rights nonetheless.

      Women in America now have fewer rights than men in America.

      • LOL - the real one says:

        What Internet website gave you a US law degree?

        • Joe Bloggs says:

          Anyone with a law degree or a sociology degree or socio-legal studies degree from a English speaking country should know that.

          • LOL - the real one says:

            Your honesty in confirming that you have no degree is refreshing. Keep it up!

            • Joe Bloggs says:

              That is not what I said and I will not be baited, even if you are a master of the practice.

              • LOL - the real one says:

                I am not the sicker fish.

                • saud says:

                  You are definitely a “sicker fish”, LOL…a racist as well….and dumb AF.

                  • LOL - the real one says:

                    Yes, you are. What other lame and weak insults are in your manual?

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