News Brief: Bermuda Posed to Repeal Marriage Equality

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News Brief Bermuda Posed to Repeal Marriage Equality

News Brief Bermuda Posed to Repeal Marriage Equality

News Brief:  Bermuda Posed to Repeal Marriage Equality

Bermuda, a British overseas territory in the Atlantic Ocean, is making moves to repeal its recent marriage equality law and replace it with domestic partnerships. 

Eight out of 11 senators voted to repeal marriage, according to Human Rights Watch.  The lower congressional body of the self-governing British territory has already approved the repeal.  All that is required for the legislation to pass is a yea or nay from Bermuda's governor, John Rankin.

The tiny island of Bermuda is home to approximately 65,000 people, but receives over 600,000 tourists a year, mostly from the U.S. and Canada.  Tourism officials are already sounding the alarm on the risks of repealing marriage rights.

Human Rights Wathc’s Boris Dittrich said in a statement, “The year 2017 has been great for marriage equality, with new laws in Germany, Malta, and Australia, but the year does not end well.  In Bermuda, the parliament stripped marriage rights from same-sex couples and replaced it with a domestic partnership law.  If Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin will sign the law, Bermuda will become the first country in the world to cancel marriage equality.  Let’s hope Bermuda will remain a one-off incident and that in 2018, new countries will introduce marriage equality.”