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Same-sex union regulations come into effect next week

Regulations that will enable the practical implementation of the Civil Partnership Law will come into effect on Monday, allowing same-sex couples in Cayman to file for and register civil partnerships.

Framework for civil partnerships may be set by end of September

Although Cayman’s same-sex couples legally can now enter into formal partnerships and enjoy the same rights as married couples, the process to execute the Civil Partnership Law will take not take effect until later this month.

Premier ‘humiliated’ UK was forced to intervene on same-sex union bill

Premier Alden McLaughlin said he is "utterly humiliated" that the failure of local lawmakers to pass legislation on same-sex unions has forced the UK's hand when it comes to the Civil Partnership Law.

Christian Association for Civics clarifies position on no-confidence vote 

The Christian Association for Civics is a registered non-profit organisation focussed on civic education, and activity. We have supported and promoted many petitions; however, we...

Protestors march against Domestic Partnership Bill

About 120 people gathered in front of the Government Administration Building on Saturday afternoon to protest against the Domestic Partnership Bill.
Premier Alden McLaughlin

Petition circulating for no-confidence motion in premier

A petition calling for citizens to support a purported no confidence motion in Premier Alden McLaughlin is making the rounds on social media.

Roper releases UK instructions on Domestic Partnership Bill

Governor Martyn Roper has made public instructions issued by UK Overseas Territories Minister Baroness Elizabeth Sugg approving use of his reserved powers to push ahead with the Domestic Partnership Bill.

Opposition writes to UK foreign secretary over governor’s position on same-sex union bill

Opposition Leader Arden McLean has written to UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab over the governor’s decision to press ahead with the Domestic Partnership Bill.
Leonardo Raznovich speaking at a 2016 conference on LGBT issues in the Caribbean.

Raznovich: Same-sex rights not open for political points

LGBTQ advocate and barrister Leonardo Raznovich wants Cayman’s MLAs to stop what he calls a “political contest” with the rights of same-sex individuals.

Governor moves ahead with amended Domestic Partnership Bill

Governor Martyn Roper has made good on his promise to move forward with the Domestic Partnership Bill, publishing on Monday an amended version of the legislation together with 11 accompanying legislative amendments.

Fact check: What MLAs got wrong in the domestic partnership debate

The Cayman Compass took a closer look into some of the MLA’s wide range of opinions over the Domestic Partnership Bill, separating fact from fiction, and in many cases filling in the blanks.

Opposition requests governor’s emails with FCO

Opposition Leader Arden McLean has requested copies of emails between Governor Martyn Roper and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office following the governor's announced plans to push through the recently defeated Domestic Partnership Bill.

Premier fears UK will keep governor’s power to legislate

Premier Alden McLaughlin believes the United Kingdom will now decide to retain section 81 of the Cayman Islands Constitution, according to a press release...

Editorial: For the sake of country, be a leader

Good governance is based on quality leadership – leaders who have a vision and drive to lead their country successfully into the future. Governor...

Governor to push through Domestic Partnership Bill

Governor Martyn Roper will use his powers under section 81 of the constitution to assent to the recently defeated Domestic Partnership Bill and expects the law to be enacted by the beginning of next month, according to a statement released by the Governor's Office. 

Solution still possible for same-sex union legislation

Apparently many people in Cayman have concluded that there is no solution to the current impasse over the now defunct Domestic Partnership Bill outside...

Cayman’s motto should change if same-sex marriage law enacted

I have been amazed as to how much Cayman has changed since I was there with Barclays 50 years ago. But I thought, when...

Live chat: Domestic Partnership Bill

Join us Monday at noon for an open Zoom chat, as the Compass takes your calls on the Domestic Partnership Bill.

FCO: ‘Disappointed’ in Domestic Partnership Bill defeat

The defeat of the Domestic Partnership Bill in the Legislative Assembly this week now leaves the fate and the future of legalising same-sex relationships in the Cayman Islands in the hands of the UK government and the Privy Council.

UK shadow minister weighs in on same-sex bill

UK Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Stephen Doughty has written to the British government calling for it to address same-sex marriage rights in Cayman, following the defeat of the Domestic Partnership Bill.

Colours Cayman: It’s time for governor to act

Local LGBTQ group Colours Cayman has called on Governor Martyn Roper to “fulfil his constitutional role” and “restore the rule of law” in the...

Live blog: Domestic Partnership Bill defeated

Legislators are set to debate the Domestic Partnership Bill, which seeks to provide a legal framework for same-sex couples to enter into a formal union.

Governor: ‘Sad day for the rule of law’

Cayman Islands Governor Martyn Roper expressed disappointment at the defeat of the Domestic Partnership Bill in the Legislative Assembly today, declaring it a "sad...

Domestic Partnership Bill defeated by one vote

Cayman's lawmakers today voted nine votes to eight against passing the Domestic Partnership Bill, which would have given same-sex couples the right to enter into a union equivalent to marriage.

Lawmakers to vote on Domestic Partnership Bill today

After a lengthy and at times emotive debate local legislators will vote on the Domestic Partnership Bill on Wednesday.

The dangers of expediency and conflation

Pastor Alson Ebanks comments on the current same-sex marriage debate

Domestic Partnership Bill debate begins

Debate on the Domestic Partnership Bill started in the Legislative Assembly on Monday as Premier Alden McLaughlin said it touched on the "most contentious issue" that he has seen since he entered the house 20 years ago.

MLA canvasses voters ahead of Domestic Partnership Bill

MLA Kenneth Bryan held a snap poll at the Constitution Hall on Saturday to gauge whether his George Town Central constituents want him to...

Poll: Domestic Partnership bill

With the Legislative Assembly set to debate the Domestic Partnership Bill, do you support equal rights protection under the law for those in the LGBTQ community?

Domestic Partnership Bill heads to LA

Legislators on Monday are set to debate the Domestic Partnership Bill, which seeks to provide a legal framework for same-sex couples to enter into a formal union.

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