giftedviz.com
giftedviz.com February 25, 2018


Bermuda first country ever to repeal same-sex marriage

09 February 2018, 02:03 | Darnell Patrick

Bermuda restores ban on same-sex marriage

Bermuda Repeals Marriage Equality, Offers Domestic Partnerships Instead

Bermuda has become the first country in the world to legalise and then repeal legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry.

Bermuda's Governor John Rankin has signed a controversial bill approving the repeal of same-sex marriage provisions, making Bermuda the first country to introduce and later abolish the right of gays and lesbians to marry their sexual partners.

Worldwide human rights groups such as the LGBT-focused Human Rights Campaign had condemned the move, which it said "unconscionably ripped away the right of loving same-sex couples in Bermuda to marry".

"While the majority of Bermudians do not agree with same-sex marriage - as evidenced by the referendum - it is the government's belief that this Act addresses this position while also complying with the European courts by ensuring that recognition and protection for same sex couples are put in place", Brown said.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Home Affairs said the Act gives rights and benefits to domestic partnerships that were “almost exactly the same as the rights and benefits of marriage”.

Ty Cobb, Director of the Human Rights Campaign Global, called it a "deplorable action".

Rankin said, while gay couples can now only be registered as domestic partners, they will have all the rights bestowed to heterosexual couples including the right to make medical decisions on your partner's behest.

Bermuda's Supreme Court ruled last May that same-sex couples had the right to marry, and they began doing so soon afterward.

Less than a year after legalizing same-sex marriage, Bermuda is reversing course, implementing a law that says same-sex couples can enter domestic partnerships but not marry.

White House aide out after allegations of domestic abuse
He said the photos were taken almost 15 years ago, and that the "reality behind them is nowhere close to what is being described". Porter began traveling more frequently in Trump's entourage, including last month's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos.


Cornell fraternity on probation for secret 'pig roast' sex contest
Along with probation, the chapter is required to conduct its own review, as well as undergo one by its national organization. The fraternity said in a statement that the allegations were contrary to its values and mission.


Sanchez Sentenced To 16 Months' Jail For Tax Fraud
The Chile global arrived at Old Trafford from Arsenal in a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction. It was the biggest Manchester United post on Instagram with 2m likes and comments.


He added: "Same-sex couples already married under Bermuda law before the commencement date of this Act will continue to be recognised as being married".

P&O Cruises has been forced to scrap onboard same-sex weddings, after the abolition of equal marriage in Bermuda.

"Bermuda will continue to live up to its well-earned reputation as a friendly and welcoming place, where all visitors, including LGBT visitors, will continue to enjoy our beauty, our warm hospitality and inclusive culture", Brown stated.

The repeal provoked a strong reaction from the small homosexual community in Bermuda and a number of human rights activists. A month ago, he referred to the bill as a "deeply unpleasant and very cynical piece of legislation". When it was passed, he said it would severely undermine U.K.'s efforts to advance LGBT rights.

"This is not equality", Joe Gibbons, a gay Bermudian who is married to his partner, told The Guardian.

The UK's lack of intervention has also been met with disappointment.

The junior foreign office minister, Harriet Baldwin, noted that the United Kingdom government was "obviously disappointed" with the reversal but insisted the Bermuda government passed the law through legal means: British territories, including Bermuda, are "separate, self-governing jurisdictions with their own democratically elected representatives that have the right to self-government".

Once approved in both the House [24-10] and Senate [8-3], the Bill went to the UK-appointed Governor for assent, which is normal procedure and generally seen as a formality, however it was been a topic of speculation in this case since the Bill was passed in December 2017.



Other News

Trending Now

Big Parade to Show Trump's 'Fondness for Military,' Mattis Says
Municipal officials in D.C. have not been informed about the parade plans. "We're going to have to try to top it". America is the greatest military power in the world and we don't need to stage elaborate military parades .

Ford Transit Connect Wagon aims at active Baby Boomers
While we don't know what kind of power either engine will produce, Ford confirmed the Wagon can tow up to 2,000 pounds of stuff. Ford has unveiled the redesigned 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon , which is debuting today at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show .

Jimmy Garoppolo Signs With 49ers, Becomes Highest Paid Player In NFL
If Garoppolo turns into the star they believe him to be, the 49ers will have him on what is considered a cheap deal by 2020. He was eligible to hit the market at the right time, fresh off demonstrating he could be the league's next big thing.

Wade gets Miami homecoming as Cavs clean house
He appeared in 46 games (three starts) for Cleveland, averaging 11.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 23.2 minutes. The former Miami player was traded back to the Heat from the Cavs as a part of a trading deal on Thursday.

My Nintendo Gold Points can soon be spent on the Switch eShop
While this seems to be the direction of speculation, Nintendo hasn't definitively set the value of a single Gold Coin. Nintendo says more details are on the way, and once they're announced we'll be sure to present an update as well.

#Brexit: Britain offers two options for future customs ties with EU
Among those attending a meeting hosted by Prime Minister Theresa May will be the heads of carmakers Nissan, Honda and Toyota, which employ thousands in the UK.

Lewandowski keen on Real Madrid switch
Sooner or later, PSG will win the Champions League ", Xavi said. "There was no luck in the draw", Xavi said in a statement. It now remains to be seen if Real Madrid reciprocate and launch an assault for Lewandowski , or if they look elsewhere.

Windows 10 S Build 17093 Helps Users Ditch Passwords
Microsoft is releasing an early preview of the February 2018 feature update for Word Mobile, Excel Mobile, and PowerPoint Mobile. DDV lets users review the diagnostic data your device is sending to Microsoft, and now this data can also be deleted by users.

Amazon Will Now Deliver Whole Foods Groceries in 2 Hours
Amazon have announced the start of free two hour delivery of natural and organic food stuffs from Whole Foods through Prime Now . Keep in mind that Whole Foods delivery is only available from 8AM to 10PM, so you can't rely on it for your midnight cravings.

White House aide resigns after allegations of spousal abuse
Willoughby married Porter in 2009, and told CNN she endured emotional abuse from Porter that included "intense" bursts of anger. Holdnerness married Porter in 2003, and told CNN on Wednesday that the physical abuse began nearly immediately.