Thursday, June 7, 2018

Marriage Equality Wins In Bermuda

After the British territory of Bermuda in February 2018 became the first jurisdiction in the world to announce a repeal of marriage equality causing their tourist industry to plummet the Bermuda Supreme Court decided in favor of OUTBermuda & its co-litigants in the case of Roderick Ferguson et al. v The Attorney General. Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD stated, “The Bermuda Supreme Court affirmed what we already know – that love can never be rolled back & that all loving & committed couples deserve the protections that only marriage affords. The hard work of local activists alongside strong action from cruise lines & companies that do business in Bermuda resulted in this tremendous victory over discrimination.” In a letter to lawmakers, the CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority warned of consequences for the tourism industry, citing economic fallout over anti-LGBTQ measures in the U.S. states of North Carolina & Indiana in 2016 & 2015. The letter stated, “Significantly, it’s not only LGBT travelers that care about equal rights based on sexual orientation. Our research indicates many companies, consumers & travelers, including the overwhelming majority of the younger visitors powering Bermuda’s growth, care about this issue. It’s why the fallout in North Carolina & Indiana has proven so detrimental.” International companies, including Carnival, also joined the effort to reinstate marriage equality & celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, Tegan & Sara, Patricia Arquette & more used their voices to call out the discriminatory repeal.
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