Cayman Islands appeals court blocks marriage equality ruling

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An appeals court in the Cayman Islands has delayed the implementation of same-sex marriage legalization that was ruled with an immediate effect by the Chief Justice Anthony Smellie of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands less than two weeks before. The March 29 ruling came less than a year after Chantelle Day and her partner Vickie Bodden Bush applied for the right to be married in the Cayman Islands, but had their application rejected. They were supposed to become the first married same-sex couple of the Cayman Islands, but due to the delay announced on April 10 they will have to wait for few more months until their relationships could possibly be legally approved. Jonathan Cooper, a barrister at Doughty Street law firm, who has advised the couple on their case, called the appeals court’s decision a “disgrace.” The barrister renewed his call to the Foreign Office and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to intervene the case to make sure that the two women will marry.

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