Tag: LGBT community

HRC: Appeal in same-sex marriage case ‘unarguable’

HRC: Appeal in same-sex marriage case ‘unarguable’

| 04/04/2019 | 199 Comments

(CNS): The Human Rights Commission has said that government’s decision to appeal Chief Justice Antony Smellie’s judgment in the same-sex marriage petition will fail because the grounds are “weak to the point of being unarguable”. The HRC said government’s decision to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars of public money to appeal, based only on […]

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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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FCO welcomes CJ ruling, irritated by appeal

FCO welcomes CJ ruling, irritated by appeal

| 03/04/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said it welcomes the ruling by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie regarding his decision to modify the Marriage Law in the same-sex marriage case filed by Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden, but the FCO is disappointed government is choosing to appeal. The governor’s office has confirmed it will not […]

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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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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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Gay marriage trial set for early next year

Gay marriage trial set for early next year

| 05/10/2018 | 84 Comments

(CNS): Chief Justice Anthony Smellie has ordered the civil action brought by two women who were refused the opportunity to marry by the registrar to be heard in February 2019. Cayman’s top judge, who will be hearing the case, also confirmed Friday in a short case management hearing that, during the three-day trial next year, the […]

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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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