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Bermuda Senate approves marriage repeal bill

Bermuda Senate approves marriage repeal bill

“If Bermudas Governor John Rankin will sign the law, Bermuda will become the first country in the world to cancel marriage equality.

The Bermudian media outlet reports that another backer of the bill, Independent senator James Jardine, says that it will extend the same rights to same-sex couples that married heterosexual partners enjoy.

A survey this month by the Pew Research Center found that 26 countries recognize same-sex marriage. All that remains is for the governor to sign it.

"The Domestic Partnership Act seeks to provide for the formalisation and registration of a relationship between adult couples, to be known as a domestic partnership; and to clarify the law relating to marriage", Walton told NBC News in a statement.

"Bermuda achieved marriage equality through a Supreme Court ruling in May this year".

Having been approved in both the House [24-10] and Senate [8-3], the Bill now heads to the UK-appointed Governor for assent, which is normal procedure for Bills.

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Bermuda's Senate today approved a bill that will take marriage rights away from gay people, following the House's approval earlier this week.

"With worldwide business and tourism as its major industries, Bermuda's people, global reputation, and economy would all be harmed by this legislation", Cobb continues. "Our last hope is that equality and common sense prevail, and the bill will not receive the requisite signature from the Governor of Bermuda". In May, a judge ruled in favor of gay couples seeking to marry. But after this Bill passes, they have the benefits and just not the name marriage.

"We are taking away marriage equality rights from the LGBTQ community", Gibbons said, according to the Jamaican Observer. They said it is discriminatory because same-sex couples would have only the option of domestic partnerships while opposite-sex couples could choose between marriage or a domestic partnership. The results were deemed invalid as the voter turnout was low.

The Supreme Court decision for same-sex marriage had implications beyond the territory's small LGBT community. Among Crown Dependencies, same-sex marriage is legal or soon to be legal in Isle of Man, Guernsey, and Alderney, but not Sark, or Jersey, where the legislature is set to vote for an equal marriage law next January.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority is already warning government officials of the fallout facing the popular honeymoon and vacation spot. The ruling came just over a year after a non-binding referendum was held, where almost 70% of voters opposed same-sex marriage and civil unions.