Bermuda Becomes First Government to Repeal Gay Marriage

The British overseas territory Bermuda has become the first jurisdiction to repeal same-sex marriage, signing a bill into law reversing the rights for gay couples to marry.

The island government intends to replace gay marriage with domestic partnerships, reports The Guardian.

The new Domestic Partnership Act will roll back the legislation. Walton Brown, Bermuda’s minister of home affairs said of the repeal, “The act is intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda, by restating that marriage must be between a male and a female while at the same time recognizing and protecting the rights of same-sex couples.”

Though the U.K. government has the power to block the law change, they have deemed it inappropriate to do so, explained Foreign Office minister Harriett Baldwin while speaking to MPs.

“After full and careful consideration in regards to Bermuda’s constitutional and international obligations, the Secretary decided that in these circumstances it would not be appropriate to use this power to block legislation, which can only can be used where there is a legal or constitutional basis for doing so, and even then only in exceptional circumstances,” she said. 

Though Prime Minister Theresa May aired her ‘disappointment’ with the ruling, she also stated that as the bill was “democratically passed by the Parliament of Bermuda” the U.K. government ought to be respectful of the decision.

However, the U.K. government is experiencing cross-party pressure to explain why Bermuda was given permission to repeal same-sex marriage rights in the first place.

Labour MP Chris Bryant criticized the move on Twitter.

And there have been calls across social media to boycott tourism of Bermuda in wake of the new law. 

Ty Cobb, the director of Human Rights Campaign Global, has said that, “Governor Rankin and the Bermuda parliament have shamefully made Bermuda the first national territory in the world to repeal marriage equality.”

LGBT rights groups are critical of domestic partnerships, claiming that they amount to second-class citizen status.

Any same-sex marriages that took place between now and the Supreme Court ruling in May 2017 will be recognized under the new law.

Feature image via GQ



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  2. Dog of War

    February 9, 2018 at 2:25 am

    Well that’s a bit unfortunate. But at the end of the day they are trying to find a balance between respecting legal rights with tradition that the people of Bermuda wish to maintain.

    Personally I’m pretty ambivalent about this argument over the term marriage. But it does tickle me that this will trigger the hell out of the left. And that’s good enough for me. |3

  3. wazzup

    February 9, 2018 at 9:35 am

    I honestly don’t care if gay people get married or not, just don’t expect, or ever try to force me, to acknowledge it as being the same as a traditional man/woman marriage, in my opinion, it is not. Not better or worse, just different. That said, if they are happy, more power to them.

    • Will Prosper

      February 11, 2018 at 10:24 pm


    • Dante Alighieri

      February 14, 2018 at 7:36 am

      Works both ways, buddy. Just don’t expect, or ever try to force me, to acknowledge the marriage of straight people who are divorced & re-married. (What therefore God hath joined together… & all that good stuff.)

      By the way, when was the last time you were ‘forced’ to acknowledge a gay marriage?

  4. Craig

    February 9, 2018 at 9:37 am

    It sounds like Bermuda has found a way to keep liberals from traveling to their land. Winning!

  5. Bermuda First

    February 9, 2018 at 11:30 am

    The slippery slope is 100% real and you people should have realized it by now. GOOD for Bermuda and they’ll likely not suffer aggression from deluded transexuals and other sexual revolutionaries, including pro-pedophile people like some British channels

  6. Pierre Savoie

    February 10, 2018 at 12:29 am

    You can tie the Politically Correct in knots if you know how to go about it. The U.K. is plenty under gay control but doesn’t want to override a bunch of Blacks because that would look like Colonoalism, Racism and Slavery! SJWs tied in knots! A beautiful political wrestling move.

  7. Dave from Oz

    February 10, 2018 at 4:11 am

    Any country with no-fault divorce repealed marriage as an institution long ago. Everything else is mere farce.

  8. Paul Neubauer

    February 11, 2018 at 9:10 pm


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