Guess there won’t be gay honeymooning in Bermuda anytime soon. Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin signed a repeal on marriage equality that strips same-sex Bermudan couples of the right to marry.
“Governor Rankin and the Bermuda Parliament have shamefully made Bermuda the first national territory in the world to repeal marriage equality,” said Ty Cobb, director of Human Rights Campaign Global. “Despite this deplorable action, the fight for marriage equality in Bermuda will continue until the day when every Bermudian is afforded the right to marry the person they love.”
The Bermuda Tourism Authority also had some choice words for the Governer.
“Significantly, it’s not only LGBT travelers that care about equal rights based on sexual orientation. Our research indicates many companies, consumers and travelers, including the overwhelming majority of the younger visitors powering Bermuda’s growth, care about this issue,” the Tourism Authority said in a letter.
Since Bermuda, which has a long history of homophobia, just killed its reputation among not just LGBTQ travelers but all travelers with a conscience, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of some island life destinations that welcome us–and marriage equality.
Bondi Beach (North Side)
Last year Australia’s Parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage, overcoming years of conservative resistance.
Platja De La Bassa Rodona
The push for legalized same-sex marriage in Spain largely began in 2004. The law officially took effect in July 2005.
Castel Plage (Beach)
France got final approval to a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in May 2013, signing the measure that had met great challenges from the country’s conservative opposition party.
Ipanema Farme de Amoedo Beach
In 2013, Brazil became the largest Latin American country to legalize gay marriage.
Queen’s Surf Beach
In June 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment requires states to grant marriages to gay couples and/or recognize those marriages performed by other states.
Finland’s Parliament passed a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in November 2014 and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto signed the bill into law in February 2015.
South Africa became the first country in Africa and the first country in the Southern Hemisphere to legalize gay marriage.
In June 2017, German lawmakers voted in favor of same-sex marriage in a move that was widely supported across the country.