Clarification On Same Sex Married Couples Status Before Privy Council Ruling

“The One Bermuda Alliance is pleased to see the Government responding to our call to confirm the legal status of existing same-sex couples who marriages were left in limbo by the Privy Council’s judicial decision,” says Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs, Scott Pearman.


“After the OBA called for the Government to clarify the legal position, Minister Roban today tabled legislation to confirm the validity of relevant marriages occurring between the introduction of the PLP’s Domestic Partnership Act in 2018 and the Privy Council’s 2022 decision.


“Responding to parliamentary questions posed by myself, as to why there remains a six-month excluded period between June and November 2018, Minster Roban also confirmed to the House that this was because there were no marriages during that period.


“The Deputy Premier’s response to the Opposition’s request will no doubt bring relief to all those who entered into marriages before the Privy Council’s 2022 decision and whose marriages were in limbo as a result of that judicial decision.”


Mr Pearman continues: “It would be unconscionable for any existing, valid marriage to be voided.


“It is right that the legal position is now being confirmed by the Government for all those who observed the law of the land as it stood at the relevant time.


“It is regrettable that people will have experienced anxiety over an issue so important to their lives.  This new law should give all necessary assurances.”


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