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March 27, 2018

Bermuda Reversal on Gay Unions is Sparking Boycott To Carnival Cruise Lines Which Takes Tourists There

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The company was forced to stop allowing same-sex unions because at least nine of its ships are registered in Bermuda.
The British Overseas Territory legalised gay weddings in May last year, but the law was repealed last month following a change of government.
That legally prevented Carnival from allowing same-sex ceremonies on board.
A P&O Cruises spokesman said: "Carnival Corporation believes that same sex marriage should be legalised in Bermuda and therefore we are opposed to the new law. We are currently working with local interest groups in Bermuda and elsewhere to explore options in relation to this."
Some LGBT travel agencies have called for a boycott of Carnival cruises because the company has not moved the registration of its ships to another jurisdiction.
P&O Cruises has six ships registered in Bermuda, while Cunard has three. London-listed Carnival is the world's largest cruise operator with about half the market and a fleet of 102 ships. 
Darren Burn, founder and managing director of, a gay travel agency, said some customers had raised the issue with his staff.
He was also concerned about Bermuda's decision to reverse marriage equality, which in his view was "more dangerous than not changing the law in the first place".
Bermuda has a population of about 65,000, but tourism is one of its biggest industries, with more than 600,000 visitors a year - most of whom are American. Some US gay rights groups have called for LGBT travellers to boycott Bermuda in the wake of the ban.
Tony Brannon, a Bermudian campaigner, said reinstating the island's gay wedding ban had "given Bermuda a huge PR black eye".
Legalisation came about after the Bermuda supreme court ruled that excluding same-sex couples from marriage amounted to discrimination.
The Domestic Partnerships Act was then passed by Bermuda's House of Assembly and signed into law by the island's governor John Rankin last month, making Bermuda the first country to revoke gay marriage.
Mr Brannon said a case would be heard by the supreme court in May arguing that the ban violated Bermuda's constitution. 
If the legal challenge was successful, he hoped the government would accept the decision.
As Bermuda is an overseas dependent territory, the UK government could block Bermuda's move to ban same-sex unions.
However, Foreign Office minister Harriett Baldwin told the Commons last month that 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".
Labour MP Chris Bryant said Britain's failure to act "totally undermines UK efforts to advance LGBT rights".

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February 10, 2018

Bermuda Legalized Same-Sex Marriage 6 Months Ago. Now to Be Banned

Would you visit a country full of exslaves against a population of their country just because of who they are as peaople?

Bermuda has forbidden same-sex marriage, only nine months after legalizing it, in what advocates for gay and lesbian rights called a disappointing setback.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Bermuda, a British overseas territory, in May as a result of a ruling by the island’s Supreme Court.

But the unions are unpopular with some voters.

In 2016, Bermudians voted against same-sex marriage in a referendum, and after the court ruling in May, the territory’s legislature drafted a bill banning same-sex marriage but giving all couples legal recognition as domestic partners. Parliament adopted the Domestic Partnership Act in December, and on Wednesday the territory’s governor, John Rankin, signed it into law.

The British prime minister, Theresa May, said Britain was “seriously disappointed,” but the Foreign Office said on Thursday it would be inappropriate to block the measure.

Same-sex marriage became legal in England, Wales and Scotland in 2014, but it is not permitted in Northern Ireland. The issue has been divisive in Britain’s overseas territories, which control their own internal affairs but rely on Britain for defense and for representation in the international community. 

International human rights groups and supporters of same-sex marriage condemned the reversal.

“This decision strips loving same-sex couples of the right to marry and jeopardizes Bermuda’s international reputation and economy,” said Ty Cobb, director of the Human Rights Campaign, an advocacy group in the United States.

A local advocacy group, the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda, said the Domestic Partnership Act provided a “watered down” version of rights. “Ultimately, no separate-but-equal measure allows for equality or justice,” the group said in a statement.

Winston and Greg Godwin-DeRoche, a couple who brought the lawsuit that ended up before Bermuda’s Supreme Court last year, voiced their disappointment in an Instagram post. “It’s a sad day for Bermuda, it’s a sad day for human rights,” they said. (Although the couple prevailed in court in Bermuda, they ultimately married in Canada, though they still live in Bermuda.)

Eight same-sex marriages that took place in Bermuda between May and now will remain recognized under the new law. 

“The problem is, when you are giving a community these rights, you are allowing them to get married — and then less than a year later, you are taking them away,” he said.

His husband, Greg Godwin-DeRoche, said: “It’s frustrating in so many ways. Human rights are not compromisable.”

A few months ago, as Parliament considered the legislation, the Bermuda Tourism Authority urged lawmakers to uphold same-sex marriage. On Thursday, some on social media were calling for a travelers to avoid the island in protest. Some used the hashtag #BoycottBermuda. 

Faith Bridges, a lesbian Bermudian who owns an inn, said the decision affected her personally and professionally.

“Of course as a hotel owner and as a member of the L.G.B.T. community, I am disappointed by the outcome of this decision,” Ms. Bridges said. “I had hoped our local government would not have allowed the majority to decide on a human rights issue.”

But she urged gay-rights supporters not to boycott Bermuda, saying it would be counterproductive.

“I will love who I choose to love and I will marry who I choose to marry,” said Ms. Bridges, who is in a long-distance relationship with a woman in Kansas. “If I can’t do it in my country I will do it in another.”

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February 8, 2018

UK Gov Will Not Block Gay Marriage in Its Territory of Bermuda

The UK government has said it would not be "appropriate" to block Bermuda's decision to repeal same-sex marriage.
On Wednesday the British overseas territory became the first country in the world to pass and then revoke, the law, replacing gay marriage with domestic partnerships.
Theresa May said the UK's dealings with Bermuda should be based on "respect". 
Critics say the law reversal will make the UK an international "laughing stock".
The Caribbean island, which is home to 60,000 people, legalized marriage between homosexual couples in May 2017, following a Supreme Court ruling.  
But the new Domestic Partnership Act, approved by Bermuda Governor John Rankin on Wednesday, rolls back the legalization. 
Instead of marriage, the act allows gay or straight couples to form a partnership, which the Bermuda government says carries equivalent rights.
According to Bermuda's minister of home affairs, Walton Brown, the majority of Bermudians do not agree with gay couples marrying.
He said: "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."

'Laughing stock'

Because of Bermuda's status as an overseas dependent territory, the UK government had the power to block the law change.
But Foreign Office minister Harriett Baldwin told 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."
Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "seriously disappointed" about the decision to abolish same-sex marriage.
But she added: "That bill has been democratically passed by the Parliament of Bermuda, and our relationship with the overseas territories is based on partnership and respect for their right to democratic self-government."
Labour MP Chris Bryant said the law reversal will make Britain a "laughing stock in the international human rights field".
He added: "Same-sex Bermudian couples who have been married under the ruling of the Bermudian Supreme Court have now been rendered an anomaly. 
"Gay and lesbian Bermudians have been told that they aren't quite equal to everyone else."

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December 19, 2017

Reversing Gay Marriage in Bermuda Now Rests On Boris to Veto or Not

 British foreign secretary Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson, the British foreign secretary, is under pressure to veto Bermuda’s ban on same-sex marriage, a UK newspaper said yesterday.

The Mail on Sunday, a conservative tabloid that sells around 1.28 million copies in Britain, added that John Rankin, the Governor, had taken “advice on requesting Mr. Johnson’s authorization to veto the bill”.
The newspaper also said Mr. Rankin had to get approval from the foreign secretary before he could withhold consent on an Act passed by the island’s Parliament.

The news came less than a week after the Senate backed the Domestic Partnership Bill, which is designed to replace same-sex marriage with a watered-down legal relationship open to both gay and straight couples.

The Mail on Sunday said Mr. Johnson’s position was “fraught with difficulties” and that a veto would “spark uproar and accusations of neocolonialism” in Bermuda.
It added that if the Act is signed into law by Mr. Rankin, Bermuda would face a backlash from a boycott of its tourism industry.

A foreign office spokesman told Mail on Sunday: “The UK Government is a proud supporter of LGBT rights and continues to support same-sex marriage.
“While the UK Government is disappointed with the implications of this Bill, this is a matter for the Bermuda Government acting within the terms of the Bermuda Constitution and in accordance with international law.”

The article, published yesterday, also quoted Chris Bryant, a former Labour government Overseas Territories Minister, who called on Mr. Johnson to let Mr. Rankin veto the Act.
Mr. Bryant said: “A British citizen, regardless of what part of Britain they’re from, should have the same rights.

“If approved, the law would make Bermuda the first country in the world to cancel gay marriage after previously allowing it.”

Political heavyweights in the US have also hit out at the island’s removal of marriage rights.
Howard Dean, a former presidential candidate, a former Governor of Vermont and one-time chairman of the Democratic Committee, tweeted on Friday: “Progressive Labour Party in Bermuda just eliminated gay marriage. Americans who really are progressives should find another vacation spot.”

The tweet had nearly 1,500 retweets and more than 3,300 likes by yesterday afternoon.
Same-sex marriage became law in England and Wales in 2013 and in Scotland, which has a devolved Parliament and its own legal system, a few months later in 2014.

Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Northern Ireland after it was blocked by the hardline Democratic Unionist Party in the province’s Assembly.

Civil partnerships for gay couples had become law nine years earlier and applied across the UK.
“Government House yesterday declined to comment on the Mail on Sunday story and referred to its statement last week that “in considering this matter, the Governor will continue to act in accordance with his responsibilities under the Constitution.”

The Royal Gazette

December 15, 2017

Bermuda Outlaws Same Sex Marriage After Only Six Months

Bermuda did what the United States did by electing Trump, someone who said he was coming to destroy and he did. The difference is that we have an independant court and a well established strong constitution. Bermuda, not long ago a colony does not have the same type of stong system as ours. There you can have a new elected governemnt change what the previous had accomplished, just like Trump except Trump needs to go through the backdoor and get his cronies in Congresss and in agency heads he has appointed to do his dirty work.  He is not supposed to break the law and that is why his government is being investigated. Trump tried to do the same with Transexuals in the military but thanks to a military man (appointed by Trump) Who took his job seriously, stopped Trump dead on his tracks until at least the courts took over. As a matter of fact transexuals will be recruited again starting next month. Adam Gonzalez

In Bermuda,  the ruling Progressive Labour Party (PLP), in power for almost five months, has put the brakes on same-sex marriages in Bermuda which had been given the green light by a Supreme Court judge earlier this year.

One opposition MP called the government decision “shameful”.

However, gay couples who have already tied the knot in Bermuda this year will not be affected.

Legislation to replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships was passed in the House of Assembly on Friday night after a five-hour debate.

The Domestic Partnership Act 2017 was passed with 24 MPs supporting the bill and 10 opposing it.

Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown, who introduced the bill, said it would provide same-sex couples with a raft of legal rights but prevent any further same-sex marriages on the island.

“We need to find a way in Bermuda to fully embrace greater rights for all members of the community,” Brown said. 
“But the status quo will not stand. On the ground, the political reality is that if we do not lead we would have a private member’s bill tabled to outlaw same-sex marriage.

“That bill would pass because more than 18 MPs are opposed to same-sex marriage. If that bill passes same-sex couples have no rights whatsoever. This is tough for me. But I don’t shy away from tough decisions.”

He also confirmed that the legislation would not have a retroactive effect on same-sex marriages after the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year in the Godwin and DeRoche case against the Registrar-General.

In that case, Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons ruled that the Registrar-General could not reject a gay couple’s application 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 of sexual orientation”.

During Friday’s debate, PLP backbencher Lawrence Scott said the bill brought balance and gave “the LGBTQ ((lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer) community the benefits it has been asking for”, while keeping the “traditional definition of marriage”.

“As it stands now, they can have the name marriage but without the benefits. But after this bill passes, they have the benefits and just not the name marriage. The benefits are what they really want,” he said.

However, Shadow Home Affairs Minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin said she could not support the bill “having given a community something only to take it away”.

“I don’t like to accept that it is OK for us to treat our sisters and brothers differently, whether fair or unfair, to treat them differently under similar circumstances,” she noted.

Leah Scott, One Bermuda Alliance’s (OBA) deputy leader, also said she could not support the bill because it took away a right that already existed.

Jeff Baron, the Shadow Minister of National Security, said it was a “very flawed and, frankly, shameful bill”.

Instead of protecting equality, he said, it was “stripping Bermuda’s reputation naked for the world to see”.

Grant Gibbons, the Shadow Economic Development Minister, described the bill as “regressive”.

“This is a human rights issue. We are taking away marriage equality rights from the LGBTQ community.”

Opposition Leader Jeanne Atherden added: “We are taking away rights that have been granted to communities of individuals who want to start families.”

PLP backbencher Scott Simmons agreed the bill was imperfect but said: “This government has decided to address this issue that no one else wanted to deal with.

“We set we would repeal and replace but we cannot satisfy everyone. It’s not perfect. But we have to go with what we have got.”

In June, a month before the OBA was trounced by the PLP in a general election, equal rights campaigners — including a former cabinet minister — celebrated Bermuda’s first gay marriage on the island.

The marriage ceremony of Bermudian lawyer Julia Saltus and her partner Judith Aidoo was conducted at the Registrar-General.

The nuptials came less than a month after the landmark Supreme Court ruling of May 5 which enabled gay people to marry on the island.

Former PLP cabinet minister Renee Webb, who tried unsuccessfully to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation more than a decade ago, said after the June ceremony: “I attended the wedding, along with many others.”

“The sky did not fall, nor did it fall when we attended the reception. Bermuda is indeed a beautiful place.”

A referendum last year, in which there was less than a 50 percent turnout, resulted in voters overwhelmingly rejecting same-sex marriages and same-sex civil unions by a wide margin.

The May 5 court ruling cleared the way for Bermudian Winston Godwin and his Canadian partner Greg DeRoche to marry on the island.

In the event, the gay couple married in Toronto on May 20, saying that their legal battle had been about forcing an overdue change in Bermuda.

It is not known how many gay couples have married in Bermuda since the first wedding in June.

December 11, 2017

Despite Supreme Court Approval Homophobic Bermuda Bans Gay Marriage

The Bermuda Flag flies in Sandy's Parish, Bermuda, on May 30. This month, Bermuda's Parliament voted to ban gay marriage just months after the Supreme Court voted to allow them. File Photo by CJ Gunther/EPA-EFE
If you are gay or gay-friendly Bermuda should be the last place you should consider for a vacation. Why? Loss of tourist money is the only way to talk to these people anymore that they will eventually understand. 
(UPI) -- Just months after gay couples in Bermuda were allowed to marry under a Supreme Court ruling, the island country's government reimposed a ban under a new law.
Member of Parliament Lawrence Scott said the Domestic Partnerships Act of 2017 helps the LGBTQ community by giving gay couples "benefits it has been asking for," while keeping traditionalists happy because it doesn't change the "traditional definition of marriage." 
"As it stands now, they can have the name marriage but without the benefits. But after this bill passes, they have the benefits and just not the name marriage. The benefits are what they really want," Scott said, the Royal Gazette reported.
The bill passed Bermuda's Parliament 24-10.
According to Pink News, Bermuda became the first country to re-ban gay marriage.
Shadow Economic Development Minister Grant Gibbons, who voted against the bill, said it marked a step backward for Bermuda.
"This is a human rights issue. We are taking away marriage equality rights from the LGBTQ community," Gibbons said, according to the Jamaican Observer.
Gay marriage has been a controversial topic in Bermuda.
In 2016, 69 percent of voters rejected a referendum to approve gay marriage. But less than 50 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot, making the vote invalid.
But in May, Bermudian Winston Godwin and his Canadian fianc矇, Greg DeRoche, won a legal ruling in Bermuda's Supreme Court to allow gay marriages to take place in the country. That paved the way for gay marriages until Friday's vote.
Those already married before Frida's vote will not be affected by the new law.
By Ray Downs 

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