Tag: same-sex marriage

Miller gives his backing to civil unions

Miller gives his backing to civil unions

| 20/02/2019 | 76 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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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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LGBT activist presses UK on rule of law

LGBT activist presses UK on rule of law

| 19/12/2018 | 66 Comments

(CNS): Dr Leonardo Raznovich, a former professor at the Cayman Islands Law School who has emerged as a leading advocate for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community here, has added further submissions to the UK parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee review of the British government’s relationship with its territories. Following the recent findings in the Bermuda courts, […]

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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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Governor won’t intervene in marriage equality case

Governor won’t intervene in marriage equality case

| 01/11/2018 | 104 Comments

(CNS): Governor Martyn Roper says he will not intervene to prevent the Cayman Islands Government from fighting the legal challenge filed by Caymanian Chantelle Day and her British fiancée, Vickie Bodden, who have been refused the right to marry by the registrar on the grounds that they are a same-sex couple. Although Roper said he […]

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Premier hints Roper should tackle marriage equality

Premier hints Roper should tackle marriage equality

| 30/10/2018 | 42 Comments

(CNS): In an address to the Legislative Assembly yesterday, the premier appeared to signal that he wants the new governor, Martyn Roper, to deal with the contentious issue of same-sex unions and demonstrated his own reluctance to tackle it. Welcoming the UK’s representative to Cayman and speaking off the cuff, Alden McLaughlin gave a potted […]

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Bush dodges same-sex marriage issue at UK committee

Bush dodges same-sex marriage issue at UK committee

| 16/10/2018 | 87 Comments

(CNS): Eric Bush, the Cayman Islands representative in London, told the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the British House of Commons on Tuesday that he could not answer questions about the territory’s position on same-sex marriage because of a case currently going through the local courts. Bush appeared before the committee as part of a […]

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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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