Stephen Doughty responds to the 9-8 defeat of the Domestic Partnerships Bill in the Cayman Islands
Stephen Doughty MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Africa, commenting on the 9-8 defeat of the Domestic Partnerships Bill in the Cayman Islands, a British Overseas Territory, said:
“Despite the welcome efforts of many, it is deeply regrettable that the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly has not passed this crucial Bill.
“The Governor is right to call it a sad day for the rule of law in the Cayman Islands – and most crucially for the LGBT+ community there, as well as those who move to live, work or holiday there – with basic human rights that would be upheld in the UK, not being recognised in Cayman.
“This situation is no longer tenable. If the Legislative Assembly continues to deny basic rights to some of its citizens – then UK Ministers must act urgently to ensure the Cayman Islands complies with the rule of law and its responsibilities as a British Overseas Territory.
“It is time that all British Overseas Territories ensure legal equality for LGBT+ people.”
Notes to editors
- The Grand Court, Court of Appeal and Government of the Cayman Islands have all recognised the clear legal obligation on the Legislative Assembly to provide a legal framework to end discrimination against same-sex couples and the need to urgently comply with the Constitution of the Cayman Islands, the Court of Appeal Judgement and the European Convention on Human Rights.