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For the British overseas territory of 60, people - known for low taxes and stunning pink-sand beaches - this month became the first jurisdiction in the world to reverse a law allowing same-sex marriage. It was cause for celebration for many church leaders and thousands of Bermudians who gathered outside parliament on the usually sleepy island last year to protest the gay marriage law. Yet the reversal sparked fears for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights activists that it may reverberate far beyond Bermuda and set a dangerous precedent for a gay rights rollback after years of gains across the Western world.
In a series of leaks made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the Paradise Papers shed light on the trillions of dollars that move through offshore tax havens.
A court has legalised same-sex marriage in Bermuda for the second time after bans, in the latest flip-flop victory for gay couples on the island. The Court of Appeal on Friday November 23 upheld the right to marry in the British Overseas Territory, which has been stuck in a vicious cycle over same-sex marriage since a May Supreme Court ruling that gave same-sex couples the right to marry.
Rather than accept the ruling, the Bermudian government passed a fresh law that controversially re-banned same-sex weddings — only for the Supreme Court to strike down that law as well in June The court declined a government request to stay the decision pending further action, meaning gay couples are once again able to marry in Bermuda. When our voices together, we will be heard, and we will continue to make progress.
Bermuda was already the first country to re-ban same-sex marriage after legalising it. It is now also the first country to re-legalise same-sex marriage. The island has a population of just 65, but many cruise ships are domiciled in Bermuda for financial reasons, and the shifting status of same-sex marriage has impacted their ability to conduct gay weddings at sea. Related topics: Bermudacourtcourt of appealequal marriagegay marriagelawsuitLegalLGBTrulingsame sex marriage.
Lily Wakefield - October 2, Emma Powys Maurice - October 2, Josh Milton - October 1, Josh Milton - March 9, Omar Balde - February 26, Ella Braidwood - January 27, Current Affairs Bermuda has legalised same-sex marriage for the second time.
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