Bermuda’s marriage law challenged

A gay Bermudian citizen has launched a legal challenge against the Attorney-General for revoking his right to marry in his country and subjecting him to “inhuman or degrading treatment”.

Lawyers representing the party filed a lawsuit yesterday afternoon with the Supreme Court, claiming that the new Domestic Partnership Act was unconstitutional. The Act, which replaced same-sex marriage with civil unions, was approved by Parliament in December and given Royal Assent by the Governor on February 7. The lawsuit states that the effect of the new Act “is to subject the applicant to inhuman or degrading treatment”. It seeks orders of redress under section 15 of the Constitution. The action reversed a Supreme Court decision from May last year that enabled gay people to wed in the country — a judgment won after a gay couple  litigated against the Registrar-General for refusing to post their wedding banns.