The Legislative Assembly on Thursday night (6 October) voted down a private member’s motion seeking a public referendum on the question of support for same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands.
The sponsor of the motion, Bodden Town MLA Anthony Eden, is a leading critic of same-sex marriage and believes a public vote would reaffirm his opposition to any form of legal recognition. He again criticised the British Minister for Overseas Territories, Baroness Anelay, for remarks she made during her visit to the LA chamber, asking lawmakers to guard against same-sex discrimination.
“I see the veiled comments in this,” he said, “and I shudder going down the other side of the hill. You and I and the rest of us have children and grandchildren we have to protect.”
Premier Alden McLaughlin said a referendum prior to the 2017 election would serve no useful purpose since government is not changing the Constitution nor is the U.K. asking it to, as reiterated by the Minister.
In the final vote, the government bench held and the motion was defeated by a 9-8 vote.