Same-Sex Couple Wins Right To Marry In Bermuda

Same-sex marriage is now allowed in the British overseas territory of Bermuda. Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiancé Greg DeRoche won their Supreme Court case, where they argued the right to marry was protected under the country’s Human Rights Act.

“On the facts, the applicants were discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation when the Registrar refused to process their notice of intended marriage,” said Puisne Judge Charles Etta-Simmons. “The applicants are entitled to an Order of Mandamus compelling the Registrar to act in accordance with the requirements of the Marriage Act and a declaration that same-sex couples are entitled to be married under the Marriage Act.”

Godwin told Bermudian publication The Royal Gazette, “I feel a huge sense of relief. It’s been a long road to get to this stage for me and Greg, and for (their lawyer) Mark (Pettingill), and also for Bermuda.”

Just last year, Bermuda rejected same-sex marriage in a referendum. However, that was non-binding and invalidated because of a low turnout, below 50 percent. Marriage equality is still blocked in the majority of the United Kingdom’s overseas territories.

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