Bermuda Trades Same-Sex Marriage for Domestic Partnerships

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The referendum he mentioned took place in 2016, and 69 percent of residents voted against marriage equality and 63 percent against civil unions for same-sex couples.

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

"It was his judgement that in engaging with British overseas territories we have to respect they are separate self-governing jurisdictions with their own democratically elected representatives that have the right self-government", she added.

Harriet Baldwin, the junior foreign office minister sent to deal with the question, said the government was "obviously disappointed" with the repeal of the law but felt it had no choice.

Chris Bryant, a gay Labour MP who secured an urgent question in the House of Commons over Mr Johnson's lack of intervention, said countries with poor records on LGBT+ rights would in future "laugh" at any criticism by the United Kingdom government.

Same-sex couples had been able to marry on the remote North Atlantic Ocean island - home to around 65,000 people - since a supreme court ruling there in May a year ago, which led to protests on the socially-conservative territory.

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That move by the wealthy Atlantic island of 60,000 people represents a rare reversal of a trend among Western countries of legalizing same-sex marriage.

The island-technically still a self-governing British territory-legalized gay marriage past year in a Supreme Court ruling, but the right was rolled back after legislation passed Bermuda's Senate and House of Assembly by wide margins, the Guardian reports.

Bermuda is a British overseas territory that is markedly more socially conservative than the UK.

The number of countries in the world allowing same-sex marriage has gone down rather than up with the passage of a new law in Bermuda.

Around half a dozen same-sex marriages that have been officiated since May 2017 will now be recognised as a "domestic partnership".

Ty Cobb, director of HRC Global, said: "Despite this deplorable action, the fight for marriage equality in Bermuda will continue until the day when every Bermudian is afforded the right to marry the person they love".

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But Ms Goodman insisted the Government was wrong in its attempt to strike a "balancing act" when "it comes to the rights of British citizens".

The Domestic Partnership Act 2017 - which ends marriage equality and instead allows only domestic partnerships for same-sex couples - has since been approved by Bermuda's Governor John Rankin, ending weeks of speculation over whether he would sign the legislation.

In a first, Bermuda officially moved toward abolishing same-sex marriage by approving a bill Wednesday despite a supreme court ruling that legalized gay couple marriage in May 2017.

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas said on Twitter it was an "absolute scandal".

LGBTQ civil rights groups view domestic partnerships as a second-class status. "This is a breach of human rights, and the Government should reverse their decision immediately".

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