The government of Bermuda is trying to ban same-sex marriage for the third time

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03/16/2020

The government of Bermuda is trying to ban same-sex marriage for the third time, as it has been banned and then legalised on the island twice already. Although equal marriage was legalised in England and Wales in 2013, and Scotland in 2014, and Northern Ireland in 2020, the laws did not automatically extend to the British Overseas Territories, which include Bermuda, the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar. Same-sex marriage was legalised in Bermuda in May 2017, but the British overseas territory has been embroiled in a cycle of legal challenges following the decision. Following the 2017 election, however, the Domestic Partnership Act was passed in Bermuda’s legislature, meaning that same-sex marriages were replaced with domestic partnerships. This came into effect in June 2018, making Bermuda the first country in the world to re-ban same-sex marriage.

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