Tag: Martyn Roper

UK has no hidden agenda re regiment, says governor

UK has no hidden agenda re regiment, says governor

| 21/09/2020 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Cayman’s new defence force is beginning a second round of recruitment for reservists, as the bill to formalise this local army is headed for the Legislative Assembly. But Governor Martyn Roper has again stated that Britain “has no economic, political, security or national interest in anything other than supporting Cayman and the region in […]

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Roper: Police investigating hate speech

Roper: Police investigating hate speech

| 21/09/2020 | 136 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has said that the RCIPS is now investigating recent threats made against the LGBT+ community on social media and radio, which Roper described as “shocking”. This is despite previous comments by the police commissioner that they were not investigating and a apparent miscommunication over the hate speech. The governor has again […]

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No regrets on vote despite constitutional loss

No regrets on vote despite constitutional loss

| 21/09/2020 | 20 Comments

(CNS): Premier Alden McLaughlin has said he does not regret allowing a conscience vote on the Civil Partnership Bill in July, even though it has resulted in the loss of a significant advancement to the Cayman Islands Constitution. The premier confirmed that the UK was ready to issue an order for the package of constitutional […]

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LGBT+ group ‘disgusted’ by legal aid grant

LGBT+ group ‘disgusted’ by legal aid grant

| 08/09/2020 | 77 Comments

(CNS): Colours Cayman, the first non-profit organisation in the country to represent the LGBT+ community, has said its members were “disgusted” that government has granted legal aid to a member of a conservative Christian association challenging the implementation of the Civil Partnerships Law by Governor Martyn Roper. The LGBT+ group said the action is doomed […]

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Opposition makes direct attack on governor

Opposition makes direct attack on governor

| 08/09/2020 | 150 Comments

(CNS): Opposition Leader Arden McLean has gone on the attack against Governor Martyn Roper, accusing Britain’s representative in the Cayman Islands of pursuing his own personal agenda with the implementation of the Civil Partnership Law. In a letter to the overseas territories minister, Baroness Sugg, and in a press release from the official opposition, McLean […]

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Civil partnerships now legal in the Cayman Islands

Civil partnerships now legal in the Cayman Islands

| 04/09/2020 | 124 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper assented to what is now called the Civil Partnership Law on Friday, paving the way for same-sex couples in the Cayman Islands to register their relationships and enter into a legally recognised union. The law, along with eleven supporting amendment bills, will provide access to family and other related rights afford […]

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Education minister calls for prayer to stop DP Law

Education minister calls for prayer to stop DP Law

| 04/09/2020 | 181 Comments

(CNS): The education minister issued a voice message to a pastoral group on Friday, asking them to “petition heaven” and pray for the people, including the governor, who are supporting the Domestic Partnership Law, describing it as “this evil that is being forced upon us”. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said she expected the legislation would be implemented […]

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Removal of  Constitution’s section 81 under threat

Removal of Constitution’s section 81 under threat

| 28/08/2020 | 113 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has said that what happened in the Legislative Assembly over the Domestic Partnership Law has put the proposed removal of his reserved powers from the Constitution under threat. This was part of a package that government and opposition members had negotiated to modernize the document, but Premier Alden had warned that […]

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Roper: Life will go on after Domestic Partnership Law

Roper: Life will go on after Domestic Partnership Law

| 27/08/2020 | 114 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has said that the Domestic Partnership Law will not impact the life of the average person in Cayman “in any way”, and that when it is passed, life will be just the same as it was the day before. “What it will do… is address the discrimination felt by some members […]

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McLean: Premier should ‘fight’ governor’s DP move

McLean: Premier should ‘fight’ governor’s DP move

| 24/08/2020 | 102 Comments

(CNS): The opposition has said that Premier Alden McLaughlin should fight the move by the governor to use his reserved powers to implement the Domestic Partnership Bill. Although the governor is doing this to uphold the rule of law, the opposition members, led by Arden McLean, continue to blame the premier, as they spin their […]

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Governor’s new chief of staff arrives from FCO

Governor’s new chief of staff arrives from FCO

| 20/08/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Christine Rowlands, a diplomat with 30 years experience, has completed her quarantine and started work in the Governor’s Office as she prepares to take over from Matthew Forbes, who leaves at the end of this month, as chief of staff. Rowlands was most recently working in London as the deputy head of the Latin […]

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