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Bermuda repeals same-sex marriage Bermuda repeals same-sex marriage
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The British territory has become the first jurisdiction to take away the right to marriage for same-sex couples The British territory has become the first jurisdiction to take away the right to marriage for same-sex couples
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<strong>Bermuda has become the first jurisdiction to effectively repeal same-sex marriage legislation, by replacing it with the <a href="https://www.gov.bm/sites/default/files/Domestic-Partnership-Bill-2017.pdf">Domestic Partnerships Act</a>.</strong> <strong>Bermuda has become the first jurisdiction to effectively repeal same-sex marriage legislation, by replacing it with the <a href="https://www.gov.bm/sites/default/files/Domestic-Partnership-Bill-2017.pdf">Domestic Partnerships Act</a>.</strong>
The British territory's governor, John Rankin, approved the legislation, which was passed by the Parliament of Bermuda, on February 7, 2018, following a June 2016 <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermudian_same-sex_union_and_marriage_referendum,_2016">referendum</a> that found 68 percent of voters on the island were against same-sex marriage. The British territory's governor, John Rankin, approved the legislation, which was passed by the Parliament of Bermuda, on February 7, 2018, following a June 2016 <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bermudian_same-sex_union_and_marriage_referendum,_2016">referendum</a> that found 68 percent of voters on the island were against same-sex marriage.
In a <a href="https://www.gov.bm/articles/governor-signs-domestic-partnership-act">statement</a>, the government said the new Act was "intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda," while ensuring adequate legal protections for same-sex couples were put in place. In a <a href="https://www.gov.bm/articles/governor-signs-domestic-partnership-act">statement</a>, the government said the new Act was "intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda," while ensuring adequate legal protections for same-sex couples were put in place.
Same sex marriage had been legal in Bermuda since May 2017, <a href="https://www.gov.bm/sites/default/files/Godwin-Deroche.pdf">when a court found</a> that equal rights to marriage was supported under human rights legislation. Same sex marriage had been legal in Bermuda since May 2017, <a href="https://www.gov.bm/sites/default/files/Godwin-Deroche.pdf">when a court found</a> that equal rights to marriage was supported under human rights legislation.
The Foreign Office Minister in the UK, Harriett Baldwin, announced that Britain would not block the change in legislation - attracting much criticism from opposition MPs, one of which said that it would make the UK "<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42990122">an international laughing stock</a>", and that it "totally undermines UK efforts to advance LGBT rights." The Foreign Office Minister in the UK, Harriett Baldwin, announced that Britain would not block the change in legislation - attracting much criticism from opposition MPs, one of which said that it would make the UK "<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42990122">an international laughing stock</a>", and that it "totally undermines UK efforts to advance LGBT rights."
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  Domestic Partnerships Act creates domestic partnership which any couple can apply to regardless of sexes. Act states that marriage is only available for heterosexual couples unless marriage was entered during transitional period between court ruling and act coming to effect.
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