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BREAKING NEWS: Appeal Court blocks same-sex wedding, Gov’t stay granted

The Court of Appeal blocks Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s same-sex marriage ruling from taking effect, effectively stopping same-sex couple Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden-Bush from getting married Wednesday (10 April.)

The Appeal panel, consisting of Appeal Court President Hon. Sir John Goldring and Justices of Appeal Hon. Sir Richard Field and Hon. C. Dennis Morrison, ruled in favour of the Government on Wednesday afternoon.

They prevented the judgement from taken effect until Government’s appeal of the Chief Justice’s judgement is completed.

That appeal will be heard in August.

This means Ms. Day and her partner cannot get married in the Cayman Islands.

On March 29 the Chief Justice had ruled in the couple’s favour.

He found they were being discriminated against by not being able to marry here. He also re-wrote the definition of marriage, changing it from a union between a man and a woman to a “union between two people as one another’s spouses.”

We will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as information comes to hand.
Remember to tune in tonight for the full story in our 6 p.m. newscast.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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