Published on : Thursday, June 7, 2018
The ruling is a win for OUTBermuda, a NGO that supports for LGBTQ rights in Bermuda and filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General of Bermuda. Maryellen Jackson, an openly gay Bermuda resident and teacher, was also a co-plaintiff in the case.
The path of Bermuda to its historic ruling was quite complex, to say the least. Back in 2016, voters discarded referendum questions that inquired whether same-sex marriage should be allowed or not, even though 50 percent of the voting population turned out to vote. On 2017, a Supreme Court case legitimatimized same-sex marriages, however the island politicians afterward introduced the Domestic Partnership Act in parliament which would forbid same-sex marriage. In February the act was signed and had an effect on June 1, but the court’s ruling on Wednesday quickly nullified it.
.“There is support for the LGBTQ community, but I’m not sure if people fully understand the differences,” said Adrian Hartnett-Beasley, director and deputy chairperson for OUTBermuda. “Getting folks to say in their own words why this matters to them, I think that has a value from an informing perspective.”