CNN article sheds light on Bermuda’s marriage laws


Writing for CNN, Allison Hope noted that U.S. Justice Clarence Thomas “suggested that previous cases guaranteeing marriage equality, same-sex relationships, and contraception should be reconsidered in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade” and said “what happened in Bermuda really illustrates what is at stake.

The article read: “The House of Representatives moved to codify marriage equality on Tuesday by passing the Respecting Marriage Act with surprising bipartisan support. The 267-157 vote included 47 Republicans who agreed that the right to same-sex marriage should be enshrined in federal law, after Judge Clarence Thomas suggested that previous cases guaranteeing marriage equality, same-sex relationships and contraception should be reconsidered in light of the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

“The bill comes at a critical time when so many hard-won rights and protections are under threat. LGBTQ+ families, including mine, have dusted off our living wills and sought legal advice to ensure we are as protected as possible in the event our marriages dissolve.

“Of course, having our rights debated is incredibly frustrating at best and terrifying at worst.

“It weighs heavily on me as my family prepares to travel to Bermuda this week. I have read with anxiety of the British territory’s fight for same-sex marriage, which has been legalized and annulled twice in the space of five years. Earlier this year, a London court ended the long legal battle by ruling that a Bermuda law banning same-sex marriage is constitutional.

“When I last went to Bermuda with my then girlfriend over a decade ago, marriage was not an option there or in my home state of New York. A lot of things have since changed; my wife and I are now legally married and have a child. So many rides on our legal protections, and what happened in Bermuda really illustrates what’s at stake.

“As I gather our family’s documents to make sure we are protected in case something happens during our trip, I can’t help but wonder if this is how I’m going to have to live my life. if the Supreme Court annuls the marriage. equality in the United States. Will we need to take our adoption papers with us when we go to the grocery store? Our living wills when we go to see the Grand Canyon? Will we have to go back to filing separate state and federal taxes, forced by the legal system to deny the existence of our relationship in order to complete our required paperwork? »

Read the full article here on CNN’s website.

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