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Column: ‘Will Not Accept Anything But Equality’

Column: ‘Will Not Accept Anything But Equality’

[Opinion column written by Kirkland Hamill] When Bermuda repealed the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, I wrote an op-ed in The Advocate about not coming back to the island until it was repealed and marriage reinstated. Some people thought that was extreme, and counter-productive, and would end up potentially punishing the people I wanted... Read more of this article

SSM/Partnerships Policy Takes Effect On June 1

SSM/Partnerships Policy Takes Effect On June 1

The Domestic Partnerships Act is set to take effect on June 1st of this year, Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown said today, adding that this means “same sex couples can get married in Bermuda until May 31, 2018.” In delivering a budget brief in the House of Assembly today, Minister Brown said, “The Department is also readying itself... Read more of this article

UK Minister Answers Questions About Bermuda

UK Minister Answers Questions About Bermuda

Bermuda’s Domestic Partnership Act legislation continues to be a topic of discussion in British Parliament, with the Minister of State responding to questions from a Labour MP. Labour MP Catherine West asked the Minister of State “what recent assessment his Department has made of the status of LGBT+ rights in Bermuda” and “what... Read more of this article

‘SSM Ban Violates AGU Location Requirements’

‘SSM Ban Violates AGU Location Requirements’

The Geoscience & Society Summit was scheduled to be held in Bermuda in September, however the organisers said as a result of the Domestic Partnerships Act, “Bermuda no longer meets AGU’s meeting location requirements” and they “are evaluating the options for relocating.” A statement on the organisation’s website under... Read more of this article

U.S. LGBTIQ Group: ‘Don’t Boycott Bermuda’

U.S. LGBTIQ Group: ‘Don’t Boycott Bermuda’

The US-based LGBTIQ rights group OutRight Action International said a “misguided reaction is unfolding” to Bermuda’s recent legislation, and have called for people to not boycott Bermuda, saying the “campaign stands to hurt rather than help” and have called for people to “instead learn how to empower local organizations... Read more of this article

Couple Cancels Cunard Cruise Over SSM Law

Couple Cancels Cunard Cruise Over SSM Law

Jamison Firestone and his husband have cancelled their Cunard cruise, with Mr Firestone saying he does “not feel comfortable taking a cruise on a ship registered in a jurisdiction that does not accept my marriage.” This follows after the assent of the Domestic Partnership Act, as cruise lines registered in Bermuda — Princess Cruises,... Read more of this article

Legal Challenge Filed: Same Sex Marriage

Legal Challenge Filed: Same Sex Marriage

[Written by Don Burgess] Lawyer Mark Pettingill has filed a motion on behalf a client challenging the Constitutional issues of the Domestic Partnership Act. Mr Pettingill confirmed to Bernews he filed the motion Thursday afternoon. Governor John Rankin signed the Domestic Partnership Act into law last week, which replaced a court decision allowing... Read more of this article

Data Analysis | #BoycottBermuda Hashtag Use

Data Analysis | #BoycottBermuda Hashtag Use

The #BoycottBermuda hashtag has been recorded over 900 times in the past two months on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and various websites, according to an online tracking service. We started tracking it when it first appeared in December 2017, and with the assistance of an online tracking service, compiled the relevant data below, spanning from December... Read more of this article

NOM Played ‘Significant Behind Scenes Role’

NOM Played ‘Significant Behind Scenes Role’

The U.S. based National Organization for Marriage [NOM] stated they played a “significant behind-the-scenes role” in what they termed the “tremendous victory in Bermuda,” saying that NOM President Brian Brown traveled here twice “to meet with activists from Preserve Marriage Bermuda to discuss potential strategies.” Founded... Read more of this article

“Tracking This Impact Is Far More Difficult”

“Tracking This Impact Is Far More Difficult”

[Updated + Written by Don Burgess] A new round of attention is being drawn to the #BoycottBermuda hashtag across social media after Governor John Rankin signed the Domestic Partnership Act. Critics called it a step backwards as Bermuda became the first country to repeal same-sex marriage after a court last year ruled that gay couples had the right... Read more of this article

Twitter Responses: SSM/Partnerships Legislation

Twitter Responses: SSM/Partnerships Legislation

Bermuda’s legislation to replace same sex marriages with domestic partnerships was widely reported by international media following the Governor giving it assent this week, and the ‘Twitterverse’ also reacted, with those tweeting about it including business tycoon Richard Branson, American television host Katie Couric and actor John... Read more of this article

‘Continue To Support The LGBTQ Community’

‘Continue To Support The LGBTQ Community’

Both the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda and OUTBermuda groups have responded to the Governor giving assent to the Domestic Partnership Act, which paves the way for the legislation to replace same sex marriages with domestic partnerships to take effect. The Rainbow Alliance said they stand firm in their belief that all citizens of Bermuda, visitors,... Read more of this article

Preserve Marriage “Thankful” For SSM Decision

Preserve Marriage “Thankful” For SSM Decision

Preserve Marriage Bermuda said they are “thankful for the decision to reverse the law on same-sex marriage,” and while they do “not condone any legal union which may provide legal footing for same-sex marriage” they “commend the Government on being the first and only government in the world to reverse the laws on same-sex... Read more of this article