BERMUDA: High Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage One Year After US Hate Groups Helped Shoot It Down

Last June, Bermudan voters overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriage by a 2-1 margin in a non-binding public referendum. The opposition had been rallied with the support of US hate groups including the Alliance Defending Freedom, which provided materials featuring quotes from anti-LGBT activists Ryan T. Anderson and Mark Regnerus. Which brings us to today. From the Royal Gazette:

A gay couple have won their legal challenge against the Registrar-General’s decision to reject their application to marry in Bermuda. Winston Godwin and his Canadian fiancé, Greg DeRoche, took their case to the Supreme Court, arguing that the Human Rights Act took primacy in Bermuda and protected their right to marry.

This morning, Puisne Judge Charles Etta-Simmons delivered her ruling that stated: “On the facts, the applicants were discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation when the Registrar refused to process their notice of intended marriage.”

The judgment continues: “The applicants are entitled to an Order of Mandamus compelling the Registrar to act in accordance with the requirements of the Marriage Act and a declaration that same-sex couples are entitled to be married under the Marriage Act.”

Mr Godwin and Mr DeRoche, represented by lawyer Mark Pettingill, sought an order from the Supreme Court to compel the Registrar to post their marriage banns, in accordance with the Marriage Act. They also want a declaration that same-sex couples are entitled to be married under that law.

Including Bermuda, seven of the 14 British Overseas Territories have now legalized same-sex marriage.

  • nocadrummer

    Congratulations, Gentlemen!

  • oh, lol. love the t shirt on him. he wears that Fiercely. good for them. everybody really can get with it, on this issue. people just have to keep fighting.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      I want one.

      • Jonathan Smith

        you can have the shirt, after i take it off him…….slowly……

      • KCMC

        • KCMC

  • bkmn

    Doesn’t that make you want to dance? Congrats guys! And thank you Mr. Pettingill.

    • ChrisMorley

      Billy Elliot Here’s that scene

      • ChrisMorley

        As a very special bonus the whole of

        Matthew Bourne΄s Adventures in Motion Pictures production of Swan Lake, (HD 1080p) with his ™ all male corps de ballet troupe of swans featuring Adam Cooper (*swoon*) as The Swan / The Stranger

        • Mikey

          I absolutely LOVED this production.
          I have the Bluray in my Amazon wishlist, but it’s still a bit too pricey for me.

        • Oscarlating Wildely

          Note: The Black Swan did his performance in leather pants. Think of a pas de deux and arabesques. Now add in leather. Sometimes boots.

    • billbear1961
  • Rex

    Love is love is love is love.

  • PickyPecker
    • fuzzybits

      I go back and forth from the Bermuda shorts to the culottes.

    • KCMC

      way funny! Thought of you when viewing this exotic beautiful black cock…

      • KCMC

        Indonesian, black flesh and bones.

        • Ray Taylor

          Really dark meat breast like a duck? Nevermind, you said flesh.

      • vorpal 😼

        Delicious. I want that inside of me now.

        • Robincho

          Northbound or southbound? Asking for a friend…

          • vorpal 😼

            Since I’m south of the equator, does that get switched around?

          • Robincho

            Dunno. But I’m guessing that even though you’re in the southern hemisphere and I’m in the northern, that’s not gonna stop either one of us from knowing what to do with “poles”… 😉

      • Derrick Johns

        Every Easter we were encouraged to buy little chicks (not the human kind). And every year they died. But my uncle had one who lived for a while–all the way to adulthood). That rooster would wake up half the neighborhood every morning. But he was mean-spirited. They should have gotten him some company, I guess–hen or another rooster.

        But this guy in the above photo is certainly black and beautiful. I should get me one next Easter. But he’ll just die.

        • KCMC

          looked it up, pricey exotic…$200 and up

          • Derrick Johns

            Thank you, KCMC. I’ll rent a human hustler/trade instead. They are much cheaper, but they can be deadly.

        • vorpal 😼

          Hahaha when you sign a lease in Hilo, Hawaii (and I can imagine on the island of Kauai as well, which has a massive infestation of chickens), one of the clauses is often that you will not complain or make an issue of roosters, coqui frogs, or airplanes :-).

          I am a light sleeper and I got used to the huge and extremely noisy abundance of the first two pretty quickly.

    • barrixines

      I don’t think they make your cloaca look big at all.

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    • vorpal 😼

      Someone had wayyyyy too much fun making this.
      (And it is totally something I would do, as a notorious tier of socks around cats’ tails and a sticker of fruit / veg stickers on cats’ heads.)

    • Derrick Johns

      LOL How the hell did they get him to put on those Bermuda shorts–well, there actually full-length pants on him. He has a cute little butt though. No, I’m not drunk yet.

      • Ray Taylor

        Post it once again and we will believe you are drunk.

        • Derrick Johns

          I don’t know how that happened, Ray Taylor. I didn’t mean it (I say in my best Baby Jane Hudson impersonation). It was an accident!

    • Derrick Johns

      LOL How the hell did they get him to put on those Bermuda shorts–well, they’re actually full-length pants on him. He has a cute little butt though. No, I’m not drunk yet.

    • billbear1961

      That’s a stylish new hat you’re wearing, Picky, sweetie!

    • Derrick Johns

      I have to thank you again for that video. I watched it about 14 times (well, now 16 times). It kept me laughing all weekend. I’ve known human men who look and act exactly like that rooster in their Bermuda shorts. lol

  • Oh, wow. And they’re a mixed-race couple! This is REALLY going to piss off the “Freedom” people!!

    • Rex

      They’re going to have beautiful children.

      • Ninja0980

        It is wrong to mention interracial porn is a favorite of mine?

        • M Jackson

          Yes it is. What other wrong things do you want to mention, hmm?

          • JCF


    • KCMC

      pity they aren’t more photogenic.
      Are they real? Wow.

    • Ray Taylor

      I must admit I did not notice looking at their picture. I only realized when someone mentioned mixed race.

  • Michael R

    It’s odd that the judicial branch has more ” heart ” .

    • billbear1961

      Not really, not in the States, anyway.

      Again and again (in OUR history) it’s been the COURTS that have had to INSIST that the protections of the Constitution be ENFORCED when cowardly politicians have REFUSED to do their DUTY and stand up to the MOB.

  • psst, hey you homophobes, homosexuals have existed in every human population ever long before Christianity and Islam spread their wings. Homosexuality isn’t the toxic western import, heterosexist culture is.

    • Jonathan Smith

      “Homosexuality isn’t the toxic western import”
      ….thought that was religion…..

  • AJayne


  • Rex

    Suck it, haters.

  • Ninja0980

    Nice to have some good news after an awful week.
    Congrats to the happy couple and others in Bermuda!

  • fuzzybits

    Congrats Winston and Greg! Him talking about stepping back in time when they would get to Bermuda from Canada rings true to this day for gay folk who have to watch themselves in certain areas of the US. Straight people have no clue what psychic damage that can do.

  • Ninja0980

    What will anger the haters more?
    That this is a gay couple or that it’s a mixed race one?

    • Robincho


  • vorpal 😼

    Congratulations and many purrs to my Bermudan LGBT siblings!

  • Robincho

    “Words were exchanged” and he and his family have gone separate ways. The shorter version: his family told him to fuck off. This illustrates yet again the crucial differences between Armistead Maupin’s “biological” and “logical” families, and I wish Messrs Godwin and DeRoche all good things and more…

  • anne marie in philly


  • The Sentinel

    In the 90s, my husband and I vacationed in Bermuda. We went to a “gay” bar where they played great music and everyone danced. Suddenly, all the lights went on, police entered the premises, and everyone stopped dancing and separated as the police did a once around before leaving. It was weird and sad for this boy from New York City.


  • Todd Allis

    Congrats to the happy couple and to more who will soon follow in Bermuda!

  • Nic Peterson

    Mazel tov! Now excuse me, I must console white Jesus. He always weeps at gay weddings. So emotional, I know!

  • justme

    Now if only these countries would prosecute the hate groups that “inspire” them to do this…

  • jaydee5000

    This is amazing, because 20 years ago, being openly gay in Bermuda would get you deported.

    • vorpal 😼

      If we can make any progress in Jamaica, I’ll be happy. Our Jamaican LGBT siblings are killed and the police don’t even give a damn.

      One of our favourite sets of couple friends (but the exotic heterosexual kind) invited us to join them in Jamaica on vacation a few months back and I responded, “Thanks, but no. As much as I despise airline travel, I’d rather be alive for the trip back home.”

  • 2patricius2

    Wonderful! Love wins yet again!

  • FAEN

    Some much needed good news. Good going Bermuda and Mazel Tov gentlemen.

    Live Long And Prosper!

  • Halou

    It is a shame that Americans would go around the world and push for discriminatory laws. The US government has a responsibility to follow these people and undo the damage they cause.

  • billbear1961
  • KnownDonorDad

    Good. The Caribbean is a really tough place for LGBT equality. And, of course, it angers all the right people, especially the folks in the US who promoted all the hate in the first place.

    • licuado de platano

      Bermuda is actually in the North Atlantic Ocean.

      • KnownDonorDad

        Thank you for the correction. I can name every non-island nation on an unlabeled map, but the damned islands throw me.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Love wins again, while hate wallows in the corner as it’s handed another defeat.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Idiots probably think Bermuda Triangle means vagina forever in those countries.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Ya just gotta love it.! Good for these boys. And interracial too. That ought to send the christofascists into a positive hissy!

  • Blake Mason
    • M Jackson

      Good. I want to see the sadz from ADF, but The Royal Gazette(?) will do.

  • ericxdc

    Congrats Bermuda!

    I also love, love, love the Gazette’s stated policy on comments for their article:

    “Editor’s note: given the landmark nature of this case, The Royal Gazette will divert from normal policy and allow comments. However, the thread will be closely monitored, with the worst offenders summarily banned before any final decision is taken to close comments.”

  • Blake Mason
  • JCF

    Mazel Tov! Cute couple.