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Bermuda becomes first country to abolish same-sex marriage after legalizing it less than a year ago
Posted on: 08-02-2018 , 11:40:AM | DY365 Bureau

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February 08, 2018: After less than a year it legalized same-sex marriage, Bermuda has officially the first country to have abolished same-sex marriage, in what critics have called an unprecedented rollback of civil rights by the British island territory.


Earlier Supreme Court of Bermuda had legalized same-sex marriage on 5 May 2017 giving the same-sex couples a legal right to marry in the territory despite which Bermuda’s governor on Wednesday approved a bill reversing the right of gay couples to marry.
Governor John Rankin stated that they would be replacing it with an alternative i.e. the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 replaces same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships. Reportedly, the bill to introduce domestic partnerships was approved without amendment last year and this would replace same-sex marriage with the partnerships which would offer them “equivalent” rights to heterosexual couples.
It may be stated that the bill will not roll back same-sex marriages that have already taken place since it became legal.
Justifying the repel, Rankin stated that he was seeking to balance opposition to same-sex marriage on the socially conservative island while complying with European court rulings that ensure recognition and protection for same-sex couples in the territory. Basically he attempted to find a compromise for same-sex marriage supporters and opponents.
But LGBT and human rights groups have already complained about the change to domestic partnerships.

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