Tag: same-sex unions

HRC breaks silence as CP law comes into effect

HRC breaks silence as CP law comes into effect

| 25/09/2020 | 64 Comments

(CNS): Local same-sex couples will finally be able to have their relationships legally recognised next week and gain access to similar rights afforded to married couples. The Civil Partnership Regulations have been gazetted and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has confirmed that the civil service will be ready to take applications. Following that announcement, the Human […]

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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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Public to pay for JR of Civil Partnership Law

Public to pay for JR of Civil Partnership Law

| 07/09/2020 | 150 Comments

(CNS): Kattina Anglin, a member of the conservative group, the Christian Association for Civics (CAC), has secured public cash for a proposed challenge to the governor’s use of his reserved powers to legalise same-sex unions. According to a social media post, Anglin has been granted legal aid for a proposed judicial review because of what […]

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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 | 89 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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