UK: Bermuda marriage repeal bill is ‘matter’ for territory’s government

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office on Monday said a bill that would rescind marriage rights for same-sex couples in Bermuda is “a matter for the” island territory’s government.

“The U.K. government is a proud supporter of LGBT rights and continues to support same-sex marriage,” said the spokesperson in a statement sent to the Washington Blade. “While the U.K. government is disappointed with the implications of this bill, this is a matter for the Bermuda government acting within the terms of the Bermuda Constitution and in accordance with international law.”

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Bermuda Senate approves marriage repeal bill

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Bermuda Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would rescind marriage rights for same-sex couples in the British island territory.

The 8-3 vote took place less than a week after the Bermuda House of Representatives approved the measure, which would allow same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships as opposed to get married. The bill will become law unless Gov. John Rankin refuses to sign it.

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Bermuda House approves same-sex marriage repeal bill

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Members of the Bermuda House of Representatives have approved a bill that would rescind marriage rights for same-sex couples in the British territory. Photo by Mike Oropeza; via Wikimedia Commons

Members of the Bermuda House of Representatives have approved a bill that would repeal marriage rights for same-sex couples in the British island territory.

The Royal Gazette newspaper reported lawmakers approved the Domestic Partnership Act — which would allow same-sex couples to enter into domestic partnerships as opposed to get married — by a 24-10 vote margin. Lawmakers debated the measure for five hours on Friday before they voted on it.

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