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Another salvo in the same-sex marriage fight.

Six-term Bodden Town MLA Anthony Eden once again taking aim at one of his self-proclaimed favorite subjects, saying same-sex marriage should be put to the people. He said gay marriage is out of step with the traditional Caymanian values he was elected to protect.

An LGBT advocate said staging a referendum would be wasteful, divisive, and ultimately lead nowhere in the larger debate over human rights.

“When I stand up here and beat my gums, I stand here with the faith and knowledge of the support of the vast vast majority of Caymanians,” said Mr. Eden. “There’s been so much commentary and I’ve taken so many licks, let us hear what the people say? Let us do a referendum on the same-sex unions and marriages.”

“That will have no effect at all whatsoever,” said Leonardo Raznovich.

Dr. Raznovich is petitioning to be added to his same-sex spouse’s work permit as a dependent. He told Cayman 27 a referendum would be an exercise in pointlessness.

“What he suggested, whether LGBT people should have rights or not, will lead nowhere and have no legal effect because the jurisdiction is obliged by the European Convention of Human Rights, let alone its own constitution, the constitution they have actually adopted here, not to discriminate against anybody including LGBT people,” said Dr. Raznovich.

“We all can talk about human rights, human rights, there’s only one right, madam speaker, and he reigned on high!!!”

Mr. Eden is sticking to his guns. He alluded to a veritable army of support he has amassed on the his side from the Seventh Day Adventist church and more than a dozen other pastors across the island.

“I must say they have indicated their strong objection, and they will actively resist any chance to our culture and lifestyle that we’ve lived for over the last 500 years,” said Mr. Eden.


The conversation on LGBT rights will be a major focus at 11 and 12 June’s Queering Paradigms conference.

The event takes place at the Chamber of Commerce offices at Governor’s Square.

Dr. Raznovich, an organiser of the conference, said one of the topics will be religion and homosexuality

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Joe Avary

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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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