Is Bermuda about to reverse same-sex marriage?

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Although it’s barely been six months since Bermuda passed marriage equality, a bill will be voted on by MPs tomorrow, on whether to reverse the law.

It is believed that the bill will be approved without amendment, despite widespread criticism.

The Domestic Partnership Act 2017 will replace same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships.

Is Bermuda about to reverse same-sex marriage?

It is believed that the Progressive Labour Party will not whip its 24 MPs, but allow them to make their own decision.

Melvyn Bassett, president of anti-gay marriage group Preserve Marriage said yesterday that he believed it wouldn’t matter either way, that the bill would pass whether the MPs were whipped or not.

Sources told The Royal Gazette that they thought no PLP representatives were likely to oppose the Bill.

One said the legislation would pass because there was “no dissension within the ranks.”

Is Bermuda about to reverse same-sex marriage?
Winston and Greg

Same-sex marriage originally passed in Bermuda in May, after Bermudian native Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiancé Greg DeRoche took their case to the Supreme Court.

The Human Rights Commission and the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda have criticised the bill, calling it a “removal of rights” for gay couples.

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