On Wednesday February 7th, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) issued the following statement on Bermuda’s Governor, John Rankin, signing legislation into law repealing marriage equality.
Under the guise of passing domestic partnership benefits, the new law strips same-sex Bermudan couples of the right to marry.
The letter states:
“Significantly, it’s not only LGBT travelers that care about equal rights based on sexual orientation. Our research indicates many companies, consumers and travelers, including the overwhelming majority of the younger visitors powering Bermuda’s growth, care about this issue. It’s why the fallout in North Carolina and Indiana has proven so detrimental.”
Bermuda achieved marriage equality through a Supreme Court ruling in May 2017 in a case brought by Bermudian, Winston Godwin, and his Canadian husband, Greg DeRoche, who challenged the Registrar-General’s rejection of their initial application to marry.