In an unusual move, Bermuda has abolished same-sex marriage less than a year after it was legalized, replacing the same-sex unions with domestic partnerships.
Bermuda Gov. John Rankin signed a bill into law Wednesday that reverses an earlier Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. The new law gives domestic partners in the British island territory similar rights as married couples — but without the legal title.
The Government of Bermuda said the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 is “intended to strike a fair balance” between opposing parties on the conservative island.
“While the majority of Bermudians do not agree with same-sex marriage,” according to a statement on the government’s website, “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 Act is intended to strike a fair balance between two currently irreconcilable groups in Bermuda, by …
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