Bermuda replaces same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships
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Bermuda enacted legislation this week replacing same-sex marriage with domestic partnerships.

Gov. John Rankin signed a bill Wednesday trumping a Supreme Court ruling last year that allowed same-sex marriage.

The Bermuda Senate and House of Assembly both voted overwhelmingly to advance the Domestic Partnership Act in December.


Bermuda’s minister of home affairs Walton Brown, whose ruling Progressive Labour Party had proposed the repeal, cast the legislation as a compromise between the "irreconcilable" differences on the issue.

"While the majority of Bermudians do not agree with same-sex marriage – as evidenced by the referendum – it is the Government’s belief that this Act addresses this position while also complying with the European Courts by ensuring that recognition and protection for same sex couples are put in place," the Ministry of Home Affairs said on its website.

Same-sex couples will have "equivalent" rights as married heterosexual couples, Brown said. 

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May told The Associated Press that the country is "seriously disappointed" by the move. But Britain said it cannot oppose the decision by Bermuda, which is a self-governing territory.

LGBT advocates slammed the decision.

"Governor Rankin and the Bermuda Parliament have shamefully made Bermuda the first national territory in the world to repeal marriage equality," Ty Cobb, director of the Human Rights Campaign Global, said in a statement