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Preserve Marriage wants gay marriage appeal

Preserve Marriage has called on the Bermuda Government to appeal against the landmark court decision on gay marriage.

In a statement, the group, which cannot legally challenge the ruling itself, said: “Preserve Marriage does not agree with the decision of the OBA Government not to appeal the same-sex marriage ruling.

“We wish to make it clear that the OBA Government cannot free itself from responsibility for the introduction of same-sex marriage in Bermuda and give the Bermuda people the conclusion, ‘Well, the courts did it.'”

Last week, Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons ruled in favour of Bermudian Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiancé 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.

Mrs Justice Simmons agreed, ruling that the plaintiffs were entitled to a declaration that same-sex couples could be married here and an order compelling the Registrar to issue the banns.

The decision has been lauded by gay rights groups.

To see Preserve Marriage's statement in full, click on the PDF under “Related Media”

Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche (File photograph)

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Published May 11, 2017 at 6:49 pm (Updated May 12, 2017 at 8:27 am)

Preserve Marriage wants gay marriage appeal

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