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Bermuda to reverse same-sex marriage legislation

Bermuda to reverse same-sex marriage legislation
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By Cristina Abellan Matamoros
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Bermuda will ban same-sex marriage months after it was legalised by the island's Supreme Court.


Bermuda’s senate voted on Wednesday (December 13) to ban same-sex marriage, only a few months after the country’s Supreme Court legalised it.

After a change of government, the island’s senate approved the Domestic Partnership Act, which revokes the right for two people of the same sex to get married.

The House of the Assembly approved it last Friday (December 8) and the law will now be signed into effect by the island’s governor.

Senate leader Kathy Simmons said the bill reflected “the majority sentiment”, according to local media outlet The Royal Gazette.

Senator Nandi Outerbridge from the One Bermuda Alliance party told Euronews that as former minister and now opposition senator she will "always have the best interest of all Bermudians at heart, including the protection of minorities".

"While yesterday was a regressive step for Bermuda, I will continue to my part to ensure the success of the island in every way," she added.

The British Territory’s Supreme Court had legalised same-sex marriage back in May but the ruling Progressive Labour Party wanted the law reversed after taking power in the July election.

The party’s decision gained support from several socially-conservative churches on the island.

The new legislation won’t apply to couples already married under the now-banned same-sex marriage law.

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