Groundbreaking Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage in Bermuda

May 11, 2017

Find out more about Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons' landmark ruling –
Bermuda media reacts to this landmark human rights victory below:

Landmark same-sex ruling (The Royal Gazette, May 6, 2017)

A gay couple have won a landmark legal ruling that paves the way for same-sex marriage in Bermuda. Bermudian Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiance, Greg DeRoche, embarked on their fight for equal rights after the Registrar-General rejected their application to marry on the island …

Lawyer moved to tears over milestone decision (The Royal Gazette, May 6, 2017)

Lawyer Mark Pettingill hailed yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage as a victory for human rights in Bermuda. Describing Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons' ruling as “everything we could have wanted, and more”, Mr Pettingill said that the successful outcome of the case was a major milestone for the country …

Judge sets out potential redraft of Acts (The Royal Gazette, May 6, 2017)

In her landmark judgment, Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons set out draft declarations of how the Marriage Act and Matrimonial Clauses Act could be reformulated in light of the ruling …

How controversial issue unfolded in court (The Royal Gazette, May 6, 2017)

The controversial issue of same-sex marriage finally came under the legal spotlight in the island’s Supreme Court at the beginning of this year. Over three days of judicial review proceedings, lawyers representing Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiancé Greg DeRoche and the Bermuda Government clashed over the statutory interpretation of legislation governing marriage …

Court rules in favour of gay couple (Bernews, May 5, 2017)

The court ruling has just been handed down in the legal case brought by Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche, following their marriage application being declined by Bermuda’s Registrar-General, with the court making an historic ruling in their favour, saying "the common law discriminates against same-sex couples by excluding them from marriage" …

Saying that "history has been made and love has won," the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda said they are "overwhelmed with joy at the conclusion of today’s historic ruling" and "applaud the landmark decision by Justice Charles Etta-Simmons." …