Bermuda becomes first country to repeal same-sex marriage

Bermuda becomes first country to repeal same-sex marriage

Bermuda is the first country to remove same-sex marriage (Stock image)

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Bermuda has become the first country in history to remove same-sex marriage from its statute book - even though it was only introduced last year.

Same-sex marriage was legalised in the country just eight months ago by the Supreme Court, but now the Governor of Bermuda, John Rankin, has signed a bill to change this.

Gay couples will henceforth be able to register as domestic partners but not as a married pair, although they will continue to have the rights enjoyed by straight married couples, such as making decisions on medical treatment for their partners.

The Governor claims that, by repealing the same-sex marriage provision while leaving the rights intact, he is offering a compromise between those who are for and against, according to The Gay UK.

Upon signing the bill, the Governor said: “After careful consideration in line with my responsibilities under the constitution, I have today given assent to the Domestic Partnership Act 2017."

Walton Brown, the home affairs minister, said the move aims to "strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda."

However LGBT groups have claimed changing the law means gay couples are being regarded as second-class citizens and claim it's shocking to have a right taken away.

Ty Cobb, the director of Human Rights Campaign Global, has reportedly slammed the decision as "shameful" and claimed it "jeopardises Bermuda’s international reputation and economy."

But he added that the "fight for marriage equality in Bermuda will continue until the day when every Bermudian is afforded the right to marry the person they love.”