Tag: same-sex marriage

Judicial review of civil union law remains secret

Judicial review of civil union law remains secret

| 15/01/2021 | 68 Comments

(CNS): A law suit filed by local conservative, Christian activist, Kattina Anglin, seeking a judicial review of the governor’s use of his constitutional powers to implement the Civil Partnership Law is still not publicly available, even though it appears the case was granted leave to proceed. The case was accepted by Justice Richard Williams in […]

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UK court to decide if gay marriage lawful

UK court to decide if gay marriage lawful

| 12/01/2021 | 70 Comments

(CNS): The controversial same-sex marriage suit brought by Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden will go before the UK Privy Council in six weeks time, according to the updated schedule for the high court. The senior judges will be the final arbitrators on whether or not the Cayman Islands Bill of Rights requires marriage to accommodate […]

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AG: Gov’t has no plans for referendum law

AG: Gov’t has no plans for referendum law

| 31/08/2020 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government has no plans to bring forward a general framework law to support section 70 of the Constitution and prevent future problems with people-initiated referendums (PIR). During the legal challenge mounted by the Cruise Port Referendum campaign the government told the court it would be passing this legislation, but now the […]

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Governor: Homophobia is unacceptable

Governor: Homophobia is unacceptable

| 14/08/2020 | 181 Comments

(CNS): Cayman Islands Governor Martyn Roper has urged the community not to lose sight of the discrimination suffered by many Caymanians and others, as the controversy surrounding the Domestic Partnership Bill (DPB) continues. On Friday the governor stated that homophobic remarks were unacceptable, as he released the short letter from Baroness Sugg, the overseas territories […]

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Roper re-releases Domestic Partnership Bill for input

Roper re-releases Domestic Partnership Bill for input

| 10/08/2020 | 90 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper has re-released the Domestic Partnership Bill, along with another eleven amendment bills that he is expected to pass into law by early September. No changes have yet been made to the original bill, which was drafted to provide a legal mechanism similar to marriage for same-sex couples, but some are expected […]

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Family life is of paramount importance

Family life is of paramount importance

| 10/08/2020 | 84 Comments

Christina Hislop Rowlandson writes: Royal assent if given to a ‘substitute marriage bill’, as I personally refer to it, would have drastically changed the state of legal unions for the purposes of having children and other matters. The bill was debated and voted down in two days amid little public fanfare. Six of seven official […]

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McLean demands paper trail between Roper and UK

McLean demands paper trail between Roper and UK

| 07/08/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): Opposition Leader Arden McLean has written to Governor Martyn Roper asking him to disclose the correspondence between his office and the Foreign Office that led to his decision to pass the Domestic Partnership Bill himself. Meanwhile, as the opposition continues to object to the bill and the marriage equality debate rages on, the Human […]

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LGBT group worried by MLAs’ view of law

LGBT group worried by MLAs’ view of law

| 06/08/2020 | 75 Comments

(CNS): The local LGBT advocacy group, Colours Cayman, has welcomed the governor’s decision to intervene in order to uphold the rule of law regarding the rights of that community and enact the Domestic Partnership Law. However, the activists have raised concerns that some local legislators have said that they are not willing to comply with […]

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Governor imposing DP bill, not same-sex marriage

Governor imposing DP bill, not same-sex marriage

| 05/08/2020 | 303 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper will push through the Domestic Partnership Bill, which was defeated in the Legislative Assembly last week, rather than legislation giving full marriage equality for same-sex couples. Roper will be imposing the law through his Reserved Powers under section 81 of the Constitution and not by an order-in-council directly from the UK. […]

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HRC expects UK to act as CMA remains defiant

HRC expects UK to act as CMA remains defiant

| 31/07/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): The passage of the Domestic Partnership Bill into law “should have been inevitable”, given the ruling of the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal, the Human Rights Commission has said. But as the “Legislative Assembly failed once again” to meet it obligations, “direct intervention by the United Kingdom now appears likely”, the HRC said in […]

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Gay marriage appears to be on the cards

Gay marriage appears to be on the cards

| 30/07/2020 | 143 Comments

(CNS): The failure of the Legislative Assembly to support the Domestic Partnership Bill has made it highly likely that the UK will impose same-sex marriage on the jurisdiction. While the governor’s office has so far refused to confirm this, statements by British politicians on the matter, the unfulfilled legal obligation to address the human rights […]

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