One year ago, the Supreme Court of the British territory of Bermuda ruled to legalize same-sex marriages. Now, officials are rolling back that decision.
Bermuda’s Governor, John Rankin, signed the Domestic Partnership Act into law on Wednesday, The Washington Times reported. The act gives same-sex couples similar rights to traditional one man-one woman couples, but does not recognize same-sex relationships as “marriage.”
This is a historic move and unprecedented move.
“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,” said Bermuda minister of home affairs, Walton Brown.
The act passed with wide margins in both Bermuda’s House and Senate.
This act was in response to the whopping 69 percent of people living in Bermuda who oppose same-sex marriages.
Of course, liberal Britain opposed the measure. However, while they did oppose it, they didn’t intervene to block the legislation.
A spokesman for the British Prime Minister Theresa May said the 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.”
However, he mentioned that May wasn’t too thrilled with the legislation, saying she was “seriously disappointed” in the bill.
But then again, this is the same lady who threw a fit when Trump posted anti-terrorism videos on his Twitter account.
Gay rights groups are saying this is a step in the wrong direction.
In a statement sent to NBC news, Ty Cobb, who is the director of Human Rights Campaign Global said that this legislation, “strips loving same-sex couples of the right to marry and jeopardizes Bermuda’s international reputation and economy.”
“Despite this deplorable action, 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,” he continued.
NBC reported that some think that this decision will hurt the tourism industry. Let’s be honest, though. It’s Bermuda. People are still going to go and enjoy the beauty of the island, despite what it says on same-sex marriage. In fact, many people will appreciate that this nation recognizes traditional marriage and refuses to redefine it.
So, good for Bermuda for listening to the will of the people. A government for the people, by the people is always a step in the right direction.
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