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OUTBermuda: Renewed Effort to Fight Government’s Marriage Equality Appeal
The Bermudan government has decided to appeal the historic June 6 verdict by the Supreme Court of Bermuda that overturned their decision to ban same-sex marriages.
“Just one month ago, LGBTQ Bermudians inched closer to our goal of restoring marriage equality,” said Roderick Ferguson, the original litigant. “We regret this ill-advised and costly decision to appeal the Supreme Court’s finding, and we will summon our voices and resources again as a united community to prevail.”
Non-profit OUTBermuda, which served as a co-litigant in the original lawsuit, will again join with Ferguson, Maryellen Jackson and other allies in seeking to defeat the appeal.
“We have strength not only in justice, but in our numbers – including our respected faith leaders, like Sylvia Hayward-Harris, along with citizen-activists including Julia and Judith Aidoo-Saltus, Chai T, Wesley Methodist Church, and Douglas NeJaime,” said Adrian Hartnett-Beasley, one of OUTBermuda’s directors. “We’ve made outstanding progress with our business advocates, led by Carnival Corporation, and many encouraging Bermudian-owned/based businesses and employers.”
“We will never surrender equality,” said @OUTBermuda and @RodFerguson, vowing to win the Government’s appeal to the historic June 6 Supreme Court marriage equality decision. #LoveAlwaysWins #MarriageEquality pic.twitter.com/cHE91ifzhK
— OUTBermuda (@OUTBermuda) July 5, 2018
OUTBermuda issued their own battle cry for justice following the contested announcement.
“We will never surrender equality for all Bermudians, and especially the LGBTQ families and couples who deserve it,” their statement said.
Legal counsel will again be provided by Rod S. Attride-Stirling at ASW Law Limited and Mark Pettingill with Chancery Legal.
Bermuda’s Supreme Court Rules Law Repealing Same-Sex Marriage Is Unconstitutional
The first country in the world to revoke the marriage rights of same-sex couples across the country will have to restore those rights. The Bermuda Supreme Court has just ruled the law rescinding those rights is unconstitutional.
Bermuda Supreme Court Chief Justice Ian R. C. Kawaley ” issued his ruling five days after the Domestic Partnership Act took effect, The Washington Blade’s Michael Lavers reports.
The Bermuda Chief Justice delivered “his judgment before a packed courtroom,” The Royal Gazette adds. The justice “said the sections of the Act which revoked the right to same-sex marriage were invalid because they were inconsistent with provisions in the Constitution which give the right to freedom of conscience and creed.”
Couples reportedly can begin marrying again.
This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.
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