After court battle, Cayman Islands legalises same-sex marriage

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04/02/2019

Same-sex marriage has become legal in the Cayman Islands following a landmark court case brought by a lesbian couple which their lawyers said on Monday could have implications in the wider Caribbean region and beyond. Chantelle Day, 32, a Caymanian lawyer, and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush, 44, a nurse, went to court after they were refused permission to marry last year. Chief Justice Anthony Smellie ruled on Friday that preventing same-sex marriage was a violation of the constitution and ordered changes to the law that restricted marriage to heterosexual couples. The ruling could have consequences for four other Caribbean British Overseas Territories which do not permit same-sex marriage or civil partnerships – Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, and Turks and Caicos Islands, the couple’s legal team said.

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