House: same-sex questions

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  • Home affairs minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin (File photograph)

    Home affairs minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin (File photograph)


Legal amendments to be drafted in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage are under discussion, home affairs minister Patricia Gordon-Pamplin said today.

Responding to questions from Progressive Labour Party MP Walton Brown, Ms Gordon-Pamplin told the House of Assembly the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Attorney-General’s Chambers are working to identify necessary amendments.

The minister deferred when asked whether marriages conducted before the amendments would be legal, saying she would await answers from the Attorney-General.

Independent MP Mark Pettingill told the House that the ruling set out “very, very clearly what the position was in law — it should have taken five minutes for the AG’s chambers to advise”.

“Why is it taking so long?” Mr Pettingill asked.

Ms Gordon-Pamplin responded that she was “not a lawyer, and I don’t wish to misspeak”.

Earlier this month, Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons ruled in favour of Bermudian Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiance Greg DeRoche, who had fought for the right to marry in Bermuda.

The couple had brought a civil suit against the Government after the Registrar-General refused to publish their marriage banns, claiming his failure to do so was discrimination under the Human Rights Act.

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Published May 19, 2017 at 11:58 am (Updated May 19, 2017 at 11:59 am)

House: same-sex questions

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