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Same-sex marriage overturned in Caymans
2019-11-08


The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal has ruled in favor of the government, overturning Chief Justice Anthony Smellie's previous ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Compass reported.

However, the court simultaneously ordered the government to "expeditiously" provide Chantelle Day and her partner, Vickie Bodden Bush, with legal status equivalent to marriage.

In August, the Cayman Islands government appealed the March 2019 landmark ruling that Smellie handed down. Day and Bush claimed discrimination on the grounds that the marriage law—parts of which compose section 14 of the Constitution—defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The couple have "the right to appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on the marriage issue," their attorney, Ben Tonner, said.

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