One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

February 16, 2018

Imagine that you just got married to the love of your life, but it turns out that your marriage isn’t legal. Now hold that thought for a moment …

While it seems like same-sex marriage has had a few wins over the last year in countries like Taiwan, Austria, and Australia, one country has had a change of heart—or a change of law, rather. After legalizing same-sex marriage a year ago, Bermuda, a British island territory located in the North Atlantic Ocean, has decided to change course. What happened?

Well, last May, the Bermuda Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, but a few months later, a bill was passed to overrule the court’s decision. That bill was signed into law last week, making same-sex marriage illegal once again. So, what now? For those couples who got married before the bill was passed, their marriage will remain legal. Everyone else? Same-sex couples will only be allowed to enter into domestic partnerships, a status that is not recognized by every country as a legal union. Bermuda is the first country to reverse a same-sex marriage law.

What do you think about Bermuda’s decision?