Everybody say love.
In a historic moment earlier this week, the Supreme Court of Bermuda has agreed to finally overturn the nation’s same-sex marriage ban. The ban was only implemented earlier this year after a referendum found that the majority of Berumdans had opposed the idea of same-sex marriage.
Following lawsuits to revoke the ban brought by LGBTQ+ rights charity OUTBermuda, alongside Roderick Ferguson and Maryellen Jackson, the decision was made in court on Wednesday to overturn the Domestic Partnership Act.
Zakiya Johnson Lord and Adrian Hartnett-Beasley of OUTBermuda said in a statement after the news:
Love wins again! Our hearts and hopes are full, thanks to this historic decision by our Supreme Court and its recognition that all Bermuda families matter. Equality under the law is our birthright, and we begin by making every marriage equal.
Meanwhile, Roderick Ferguson and Maryellen Jackson released a joint statement following the result declaring that the initial decision to revoke same-sex marriage was unjust and unconstitutional. The statement said:
We all came to the court with one purpose. That was to overturn the unfair provisions of the Domestic Partnership Act that tried to take away the rights of same-sex couples to marry. Revoking same-sex marriage is not merely unjust, but regressive and unconstitutional; the Court has now agreed that our belief in same-sex marriage as an institution is deserving of legal protection
and that belief was treated by the Act in a discriminatory way under Bermuda’s Constitution.
We continue to support domestic partnership rights for all Bermudians to choose, but not at the expense of denying marriage to some.
Congratulations to all those involved in fighting for equality in the nation!