Tag: same-sex unions

HR expert argues CJ wrong on gay marriage

HR expert argues CJ wrong on gay marriage

| 28/08/2019 | 107 Comments

(CNS): Government has dug deep into the public purse to fight its appeal against the chief justice’s ruling earlier this year that legalised same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands. As the much-anticipated hearing opened Wednesday, government was represented by Dinah Rose QC, a leading human rights expert from the UK, alongside Sir Jeffrey Jowel QC, […]

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FCO not setting dates on sensitive OT issues

FCO not setting dates on sensitive OT issues

| 13/05/2019 | 17 Comments

(CNS): The UK does not plan to implement orders-in council to force same-sex marriage laws on its overseas territories or to push them into allowing British and British Overseas Territory citizens to be able to vote and hold elected office in these territories. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s response to a report by the UK […]

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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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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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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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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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