Thursday 3 December, 2020

Cayman legalizes same-sex marriage in landmark ruling

Chantelle Day and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush

Chantelle Day and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush

Messages of congratulations have flooded in for a lesbian couple after the Cayman Islands legalised same-sex marriage with immediate effect on the back of a case brought by them.

Caymanian Chantelle Day and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush applied for the right to be married in the Cayman Islands last year, but had their application rejected due to the fact that they are a same-sex couple.

They were forced to litigate as a final option and today in an historic ruling, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands ruled in favour of marriage equality.

It was ruled that local law must be changed to reflect that same-sex couples are allowed the same access to marriage as heterosexual couples.

The couple had set up a GoFundMe page to fight for the right to be married in Cayman and messages of congratulations started to flood in after the ruling.

One read: "We had to make a small donation to thank you for everything you have done regarding this cause. Well done girls and a huge congratulations."

The GoFundMe page bio reads: "Imagine for a moment you’ve been in a long-term relationship with your partner for six years. You’ve moved in together. Have a beautiful child. And you want to take the next step and make a life-long commitment. Now imagine you can’t, because your government won’t allow it.

"That’s the reality my fiancée and I face every day, as second-class British citizens."

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