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?