In world first, Bermuda repeals its same-sex marriage law

Less than one year after legalizing same-sex marriage, Bermuda has repealed the Supreme Court ruling that authorized gay marriage.

People wave gay rights movement rainbow flags during the gay pride rally in Saint Petersburg, Russia on August 12, 2017. (Photo: Olga Maltseva/AFP/Getty Images)

Less than one year after legalizing same-sex marriage, Bermuda has repealed the Supreme Court ruling that authorized gay marriage in May 2017. It is the first nation in the world to grant same-sex couples the right to marry, only to revoke it.

In December 2017, a bill to ban same-sex marriage and replace it with a Domestic Partnership Act was passed by the Bermudan parliament, and on February 7, 2018, it received royal assent from John Rankin, the Governor of Bermuda. Bermuda has been heavily criticized by human rights groups and LGBTQ supporters for its decision, as has the UK for its passive sanction of the repeal.

British Labour MP Chris Bryant called the bill a “deeply unpleasant and very cynical piece of legislation" during a debate in the UK's House of Commons last month, and tweeted the following when the repeal was given royal assent:

So @BorisJohnson has granted permission to Bermuda to abolish same sex marriage. This totally undermines UK effort to advance LGBT rights.

— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) February 7, 2018

Scroll down to load more…