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‘Right or wrong’, marriage inequity deliberate

‘Right or wrong’, marriage inequity deliberate

| 10/02/2019 | 189 Comments

(CNS): Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, whom government has instructed to defend a legal case challenging the Cayman Islands’ ban on same-sex marriage and the lack of equity for gay couples, told the court Friday that “rightly or wrongly”, the intention of the Constitution is to ensure that marriage remains a union between opposite-sex couples only. […]

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Gay couple ‘waited long enough’ to marry

Gay couple ‘waited long enough’ to marry

| 07/02/2019 | 273 Comments

(CNS): Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden have “waited long enough” for the Cayman Islands Government to address the lack of any provision for same-sex couples to marry or enter into a civil partnership, Edward Fitzgerald QC told the court, as he made submissions on their behalf Thursday in the landmark case. He said his clients […]

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UK government to co-chair LGBT rights coalition

UK government to co-chair LGBT rights coalition

| 11/12/2018 | 74 Comments

(CNS): The governments of Britain and Argentina have been chosen to co-chair the Equal Rights Coalition, an international body created to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people around the world. Lord Ahmad, who is the UK’s minister for human rights, said Britain will use its role to lobby countries to decriminalise same-sex […]

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Local LGBTI activists weigh in on UK review

Local LGBTI activists weigh in on UK review

| 16/11/2018 | 101 Comments

(CNS): Colours Cayman, a local NGO supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community, has submitted a written statement highlighting “the violation of LGBTI rights by the Cayman Islands Government” to the Foreign Affairs select committee that is currently reviewing Britain’s relationship with its territories. The activists are hoping the UK will step in to […]

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CJ clears way for judicial review of gay marriage

CJ clears way for judicial review of gay marriage

| 25/07/2018 | 175 Comments

(CNS): Chief Justice Anthony Smellie will be hearing what is likely to be a landmark case in the Cayman Islands after he approved on Wednesday the application for a judicial review of the General Registry’s refusal to give two women a marriage licence. Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden, who were denied the right to marry in April […]

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Women file legal case over marriage refusal

Women file legal case over marriage refusal

| 20/06/2018 | 191 Comments

(CNS): Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden, who were denied the right to marry after the General Register refused the couple a licence in April because they are in a same-sex relationship, have filed an application in the Grand Court for a judicial review of that decision. In the first case of its kind in the Cayman […]

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Bermuda court rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

Bermuda court rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

| 07/06/2018 | 71 Comments

(CNS): Bermuda’s Supreme Court has ruled that elements of the recent ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The recently enacted Domestic Partnership Act barred same-sex couples from marrying, despite the findings of the court in a decision in May last year where they upheld the right of a Bermudian man and his Canadian partner who had […]

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Women plan legal action after marriage rejection

Women plan legal action after marriage rejection

| 18/04/2018 | 472 Comments

(CNS): A woman from the Cayman Islands and her fiancée are taking legal action after their application for a marriage licence was rejected Monday by the General Register because they are in a same-sex relationship. Chantelle Day, who is Caymanian, and her partner Vickie Bodden, who is British, have been together for more than six years and […]

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Governor hopes to oversee civil union law

Governor hopes to oversee civil union law

| 03/04/2018 | 83 Comments

(CNS): The new governor has made it clear that the UK will not be pushing the Cayman Islands government to change the definition of marriage but he is hoping to see the government adopt legislation that will pave the way for same-sex civil partnerships and provide equal legal rights for gay couples. Speaking to the […]

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DG: Cayman will need to tackle LGBTI issues

DG: Cayman will need to tackle LGBTI issues

| 07/03/2018 | 80 Comments

(CNS): Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has echoed the comments made by Governor Helen Kilpatrick before she left the Cayman Islands about the need for the government to address the inequities surrounding the relationships of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. Although the issue remains controversial, Manderson said this was something that was “not going […]

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Governor calls on Cayman to address LGBT rights

Governor calls on Cayman to address LGBT rights

| 02/03/2018 | 102 Comments

(CNS): Days before Governor Helen Kilpatrick departs the Cayman Islands after her 4½-year tour of duty here, she has called on the local government to address the lack of recognition of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Reflecting on her time here in her final official statement before she leaves, she made it clear that […]

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