(CMR) Noel Cayasso-Smith, Founder and President of Cayman Islands LGBTQ Foundation, is now a certified Civil Partnership Officer.
On 28 September 2020, Cayman’s Civil Partnership Law 2020 came into effect, a ground-breaking piece of legislation that enables same-sex couples to form a civil partnership, thereby offering them the same rights under the law as an opposite-sex couple, especially when it comes to the rights of children within the partnership.
In order to enable same-sex partnerships, a Civil Partnership Officer (CPO) must legally preside over the partnership, so Noel Cayasso-Smith, Founder and President of Cayman LGBTQ Foundation, has undertaken a training course and is now a qualified CPO.
Mr. Cayasso-Smith expressed that he was pleased that he is now enabled to bring same-sex couples together effectively in marriage.
“I am delighted to be able to offer same-sex couples the chance to live together in a legally recognized civil partnership, which is so needed here in the Cayman Islands,” he said.
“For too long now, the needs of the LGBTQ+ community in this area have been ignored and overlooked, so it is with great pride and pleasure that I can now legally unite same sex couples in love and unity in this way,” he added.
Mr. Cayasso-Smith added that while he was excited to provide this service to the local community, this was also a highly sought-after service by visitors who come to the Cayman Islands.
“Our LGBTQ+ visitors may now join together in civil partnership in our beautiful Cayman Islands just as any opposite-sex couple has been able to enjoy for so long. I am very much looking forward to offering our visitors the chance to unite in this idyllic wedding destination,” he said.