Bermuda Parliament Says No to Same-Sex Marriage, Yes to Cannabis

HAMILTON, Bermuda, Monday December 11, 2017 – The victory for same-sex couples in Bermuda who earlier won the right to get married in the British Overseas Territory has been overturned.

Parliament has passed the Domestic Partnership Act 2017, which replaces same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships that can be entered into by both gay and heterosexual couples.

The decision came in the same Parliamentary sitting in which a Bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of cannabis was passed with the support of the government and opposition sides.

Back in May, Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons ruled that the Registrar-General could not reject an application by gay couple Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche to marry in Bermuda, and that the common law definition of marriage as between a man and a woman was “inconsistent with the provisions of the Human Rights Act as they constitute deliberate different treatment on the basis

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