Tag: human rights

LGBTI advocate takes campaign to Vatican

LGBTI advocate takes campaign to Vatican

| 09/04/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): Dr Leo Raznovich, a former professor at the Truman Bodden Law School who has been a leading voice for LGBTI rights here in the Cayman Islands and around the world, took the campaign to the Vatican last week. In the historic and significant audience with a high-ranking cardinal and other church officials, Raznovich was […]

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Education minister urges disruption to gay wedding

Education minister urges disruption to gay wedding

| 04/04/2019 | 324 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED WITH RESPONSE FROM DAY: Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has urged the public to attend, uninvited, to what will be the first ever same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands in order to object to it. In her contribution to a debate in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, the member for Cayman Brac East implied […]

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Demonstrator calls for death of homosexuals

Demonstrator calls for death of homosexuals

| 03/04/2019 | 201 Comments

(CNS): A very small and apparently peaceful demonstration against the ruling by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie legalising same-sex marriage took place outside the Legislative Assembly Wednesday, as politicians inside debated a motion calling for an appeal and voiced their grievances. Despite calls from the premier for the community to be respectful to each other, one […]

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CIG will appeal chief justice’s gay marriage ruling

CIG will appeal chief justice’s gay marriage ruling

| 03/04/2019 | 224 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED WITH FULL STORY: Premier Alden McLaughlin has announced that he has instructed the attorney general to file an appeal against Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s ruling last Friday that legalised same-sex marriage. The government has also asked for a stay of the ruling and is hoping to overturn the landmark judgment that ushered in […]

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Chief justice legalises gay marriage

Chief justice legalises gay marriage

| 29/03/2019 | 479 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED WITH FULL STORY: In an historic landmark ruling for the Cayman Islands, Chief Justice Anthony Smellie has legalised same-sex marriage. In his judgment delivered on Friday in the human rights case filed by Chantelle Day and Vicky Bodden, who had been refused a marriage licence because they are a same-sex couple, the country’s […]

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Miller gives his backing to civil unions

Miller gives his backing to civil unions

| 20/02/2019 | 106 Comments

(CNS): Ezzard Miller has given his support to the introduction of civil unions, offering the same legal rights as married couples to same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex couples in common-law relationships. Speaking for himself and not the official opposition group, he said he still does not support marriage equality but said “in my personal […]

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Prison investment plans too slow, says HRC

Prison investment plans too slow, says HRC

| 18/02/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): It is no secret that for many years conditions in Cayman Islands prisons have been dire and in desperate need of investment. But in a newly published document the Human Rights Commission detailed the human rights challenges, describing Cayman’s prison system as “overcrowded, chronically underfunded and in need of urgent investment”. The HRC warned […]

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CIG wasted public cash on LGBT case, says HRC

CIG wasted public cash on LGBT case, says HRC

| 14/02/2019 | 132 Comments

(CNS): The Human Rights Commission has accused government of an “inexcusable waste of public funds” that are “purely for political reasons” in its fight against Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden, a same-sex couple who were refused a marriage licence last summer. In a paper submitted to the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Select Committee’s inquiry into […]

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Jowell all but concedes on civil unions

Jowell all but concedes on civil unions

| 12/02/2019 | 150 Comments

(CNS): The constitutional expert representing the Cayman government in its defence of a legal claim by two women wishing to marry all but conceded that there was little he could do to argue against the need for introducing civil partnerships in the Cayman Islands, which would allow same-sex couples to have some form of legal […]

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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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