Bermuda to ban same-sex marriage months after it was legalised

Bermuda’s Senate has given final legislative approval to a measure that would ban same-sex marriage in the British island territory just months after it was legalised, and allow only domestic partnerships.

Senators on Wednesday approved the Domestic Partnership Act by an 8-3 vote. The House of Assembly approved it 24-10 on Friday. It must now be signed by the governor before it becomes law in the Atlantic ocean territory.

A supreme court ruling in May made same-sex marriages legal in Bermuda amid opposition on the socially conservative island. The ruling Progressive Labor party took up the matter after winning power in the July election.

Opponents of the legislation said it would be unprecedented to strip the right to same-sex marriage after it had been granted in a jurisdiction and that global reaction could hurt the tourism industry. They said it is discriminatory because same-sex couples would have only the option of domestic partnerships while opposite-sex couples could choose between marriage or a domestic partnership. Read more via the Guardian