It is a sad day for the rule of law in the Cayman Islands, a cornerstone of our democracy
HM The Governor, Martyn Roper
(CMR) HE The Governor Martyn Roper has expressed his disappointment in the failure of the Legislative Assembly to pass the Domestic Partnership Bill (DPB) earlier this afternoon. The bill failed by a slim margin of just one vote 9:8.
He issued the following statement:
“I recognise the great sensitivity and strong emotions aroused across our community by the debate on the Domestic Partnership Bill.
There were many high quality and passionate speeches by members of the Legislative Assembly on both sides of this difficult debate.
“I am nonetheless greatly concerned that the Legislative Assembly has not passed the Bill.
It is a sad day for the rule of law in the Cayman Islands, a cornerstone of our democracy. The Grand Court, Court of Appeal and the Cayman Islands Government itself, have all recognised that there is a clear legal obligation on the Legislative Assembly to provide a framework to end discrimination against same sex couples.