The Cayman Islands Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage In Historic Ruling

The Cayman Islands has legalized same-sex marriage after a judge ruled prohibitions on same-sex relationships was unconstitutional, reports The Independent.

The ruling came at the end of a tough legal battle for Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden, who had last year applied to get married in the islands but were refused.

The activists say Friday’s ruling could have major implications for LGBT+ rights on other British overseas territories, which have their own legal systems, according to the news outlet.

“We’re feeling pretty good, pretty relieved, that we got the judgment.” said Ms. Day, a lawyer, after the ruling.

About 80 people were present inside the court in George Town on Grand Cayman to hear the historic ruling by chief justice Anthony Smellie.

The Independent adds:

Jonathan Cooper, one of a team of British barristers who represented the women, said the ruling had widespread implications, not just for LGBT+ rights in other overseas territories, especially in the Caribbean, but also in Britain.

He said it was outrageous the couple had been forced to fight a legal battle with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which had in effect opposed the couple’s application to marry.