June 26, 2015 proved to be a monumental day in America for both the same-sex marriage and civil rights movement. Instead of the incredibly arduous and slow process of states individually deciding on whether they’d prefer same-sex marriage happening within their states, the Supreme Court decided to legalize same-sex marriage at the federal level; a decision that effectively put forth a new rule of law — irrespective of anti-gay marriage state laws in place– for all Americans living in all 50 states and accompanying territories.
The Supreme Court case, Obergefell vs. Hodges, was nothing short of historic. The decision, which only passed by a single vote, ended a discriminatory debate of whether to allow members of LGBT community to marry their respective partners.
Regardless of your opinion, it was honestly heartwarming to see same-sex couples, some of whom have been together for several years and even decades, to finally receive the same marriage rights as heterosexual couples. While the federal transition didn’t go smoothly given the Kim Davis case and some bakers refusing to bake pastries for gay weddings, same-sex marriage being legalized federally was still a massive step forward for civil rights.
Since then, many other countries have followed America’s footsteps. In 2017, both Germany and Australia legalized same sex marriage on the same grounds that America did, with most notably Chancellor Angela Merkel voting against the legislation.

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Bermudians re-veto same-sex marriage (davievillagepost)

Following suit, Supreme Court of the British island territory of Bermuda legalized same sex marriage on May 5, 2017, promising all marriage-related rights to homosexual couples that were guaranteed to homosexual couples — however, this victory wasn’t achieved with extreme popularity.
Even though the Supreme Court passed a referendum, the voters of Bermuda rejected the measure, forcing a separate act to be introduced, in order to counteract the ruling. Passed and approved by Bermuda’s Senate and House of Assembly, the Domestic Partnership Act repeals same-sex marriage and replaces potential gay marriages with domestic partnerships instead. While still fully guaranteeing gay couples with the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts, this measure is still widely considered both homophobic and anti-progressive.
A spokesperson for British Prime Minister Theresa May said that the prime minister is against the measure and felt “disappointed;” the Human Rights Campaign brought up a point that this repeal could have long lasting impacts on many industries in Bermuda and their international reputation.
Although voted on and approved by the people of Bermuda, this generally unpopular repeal could have unforeseen consequences on the vibrant tourism economy of the island.

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