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LGBT activist gives thoughts on same sex marriage referendum vote

Thursday night, the Legislative Assembly voted down a motion that sought a referendum on same-sex marriage.

Bodden Town MLA Anthony Eden’s motion drew the support of independent and opposition members, but government held ranks and defeated it, nine to eight.

In the spectators gallery for a portion of that hours-long debate, was Leonardo Raznovich, a former Truman Bodden Law School lecturer who took his petition to be recognised as a dependent on his same-sex spouse’s work permit all the way to the immigration appeals tribunal and won.

Throughout that saga, Mr. Raznovich became a frequent target of Mr. Eden’s ire on the LA floor, as Mr. Eden became the defacto torch-bearer for the preservation of what he has called Cayman’s traditional values.

Mr. Raznovich joined Cayman 27’s Joe Avary to discuss Thursday’s debate.

North Side MLA Ezzard Miller’s remarks in the debate, warning of a backlash from Cayman’s Christian community, were considered by Mr. Raznovich to be particularly incendiary.

“There’s going to be a backlash. And this community, LGBTQ, whatever the acronym they are using at the time is, who have been tolerated in the Cayman Islands are allowing these non-Caymanians to come here, stir this up, and there’s going to be a backlash from the Christian community. Not all Christians are tolerant,” said Miller.

Mr. Raznovich indicated he felt some on the government bench showed a ‘decent face’ yesterday, in particular, George Town MLA Roy McTaggart, who spoke about differing generational attitudes toward the LGBT community.

“They don’t view this issue the same light as we do, and have been brought up to do ourselves,” said Mr. McTaggart. “Whether you and I like it or not, in this assembly this evening, they are the ones coming up behind us who are going to drive change, and that change will come in time.”

Bodden Town MLA Anthony Eden, who brought the motion to the floor, criticized British Overseas Territories Minister Baroness Anelay for dedicating more of her address to LGBT issues than our economy and financial services industry. Mr. Eden even broke down the speech’s word count.

“297 words, a whopping 77% increase over what other things that she dealt with here in the Cayman Islands,” said Mr. Eden.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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