GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, Sep. 6, CMC – The Governor of the Cayman Islands, Martyn Roper, on Friday (Sept. 4) approved a law making same-sex partnerships legal, the Jamaica Observer reports.
“Today we will end the discrimination being suffered by Caymanians and others on our islands whilst protecting the institution of marriage. This action does not alter or undermine the strong Christian heritage and values of the people of the Cayman Islands. No-one is being asked to change their long-held beliefs,” Roper said last Friday.
The Governor, in his statement, said this is in line with instructions from UK government ministers to use his reserved powers under Section 81 of the Constitution. The changes to the law came into effect on Friday, after being gazetted .
However, the Civil Service requires a delay of 21 days before starting to accept and process applications for registration of civil partnerships.
The law, which was formerly titled the Domestic Partnership Bill, was defeated in the Legislative Assembly on July 29, when lawmakers voted down the bill, nine to eight. But the Governor, using his reserved powers to write legislation, opted to re-introduce the bill and assent to it following 21 days of public consultation.
Roper said he hopes that citizens can now move forward with their lives and come together as a community.