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UK Minister: Not Appropriate To Block Legislation

UK Minister: Not Appropriate To Block Legislation

“We are obviously disappointed about the removal of same-sex marriage in Bermuda,” British Minister of State Harriett Baldwin said, adding that the UK Secretary of State decided “it would not be appropriate to use the power to block legislation, which can only be used where there is a legal or constitutional basis for doing so, and... Read more of this article

International Media Report On Marriage Law

International Media Report On Marriage Law

A number of overseas media have reported on the Governor giving assent to Bermuda’s legislation to replace same sex marriages with domestic partnerships, with outlets reporting on the situation including the Guardian, Time, Huffington Post, NBC News, Buzz Feed, NY Daily News, International Business Times, the Standard and more. Domestic Partnership... Read more of this article

Mark Pettingill: ‘May Warrant A Legal Challenge’

Mark Pettingill: ‘May Warrant A Legal Challenge’

“There is a constitutional position which in my assessment may warrant a legal challenge” lawyer Mark Pettingill said, adding that it is a “matter which is currently under consideration.” Mr Pettingill — a former Attorney-General who represented Winston and Greg Godwin-DeRoche in their case which resulted in the Bermuda... Read more of this article

Governor Gives Assent: Domestic Partnerships

Governor Gives Assent: Domestic Partnerships

[Updating] The Governor has given assent to the Domestic Partnership Act 2017, Government House has just confirmed, meaning the legislation can now take effect. In a statement this afternoon [Feb 7], Governor John Rankin said, “After careful consideration in line with my responsibilities under the Constitution, I have today given assent to the... Read more of this article

Column: Self Governance & Same Sex Marriage

Column: Self Governance & Same Sex Marriage

[Opinion column written by Eron Hill] This past Monday, I accompanied fellow Bermudian law student, Izabella Arnold, for a visit to the House of Commons in London. We set out to witness what we believed was going to be an unprecedented event in Bermuda’s history. The topic of interest was that British MPs were scheduled to hold a ‘debate’ about... Read more of this article

Transcription: UK Debate On SSM In Bermuda

Transcription: UK Debate On SSM In Bermuda

“The Government are giving careful consideration to Bermuda’s Domestic Partnership Bill in order to assess its implications in relation to our collective international obligations and our constitutional relationship with Bermuda,” Minister for Europe and the Americas Sir Alan Duncan said in the British House of Commons. “We are obviously... Read more of this article

Full Video: Debate In UK On SSM In Bermuda

Full Video: Debate In UK On SSM In Bermuda

[Updated] The Adjournment Debate in British House of Commons on same sex marriage in Bermuda is scheduled to place place today [Jan 29], with MP Chris Bryant due to speak on the matter; with the Labour MP having already made his position clear, previously asking that the UK Minister to “tell the Bermudian Parliament very firmly ‘no way, we are... Read more of this article

UK MPs: Debate Same Sex Marriage In Bermuda

UK MPs: Debate Same Sex Marriage In Bermuda

British MPs are set to debate “same sex marriage in Bermuda” during an Adjournment Debate on Monday [Jan 29] in the House of Commons. The “upcoming business” section for the Commons Main Chamber lists the debate and Labour MP Chris Bryant’s name, with Mr Bryant having already made his position clear, previously asking that... Read more of this article

Video: UK Minister Questioned On Bermuda Bill

Video: UK Minister Questioned On Bermuda Bill

“Will the Governor sign it on the British Government’s behalf or not,” was one of the questions faced by British Commonwealth Minister Lord Ahmad as he appeared before the British Foreign Affairs select committee and answered questions about Bermuda’s Domestic Partnership Act. Bill Passed In December, Sent To Governor The Domestic Partnerships... Read more of this article

British MP Questions Domestic Partnership Bill

British MP Questions Domestic Partnership Bill

The Bermudian Parliament is “begging the Foreign Secretary to allow it to cancel same-sex marriage, which is an entirely retrograde step,” British MP Chris Bryant said while speaking in the British Parliament, with the MP asking will the UK Minister make “sure that the Government tell the Bermudian Parliament very firmly ‘no... Read more of this article

Sun: Gay Couple’s Cruise Wedding Cancelled

Sun: Gay Couple’s Cruise Wedding Cancelled

The UK’s Sun reported that a gay couple had their “dream wedding on a cruise” cancelled after Bermuda-registered P&O cruise line contacted them citing the change in Bermuda law. The Domestic Partnerships Act passed in the House of Assembly and then passed in the Senate, with the Domestic Partnerships Act [PDF] designed to replace... Read more of this article

Will Governor Sign Domestic Partnership Bill?

Will Governor Sign Domestic Partnership Bill?

Reprehensible but not unconstitutional, between a rock and a hard place, the Bill will be reluctantly signed into law, hoping that the Bill is rejected by the Governor, and asking why we want to follow directives from a European colonial power, were some of the responses when Bernews asked a number of people on their views on whether the Governor will... Read more of this article

Video: BBC Newsbeat On Domestic Partnerships

Video: BBC Newsbeat On Domestic Partnerships

The BBC Newsbeat programme has produced an online video about Bermuda’s Domestic Partnership Act, with the video featuring Winston and Greg Godwin-DeRoche, the couple who filed the legal challenge which paved the way for same sex marriage in Bermuda earlier this year.The Domestic Partnerships Act passed in the House of Assembly and then passed... Read more of this article