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Same-sex marriage in the UK’s Overseas Territories

In March 2022, the UK Privy Council ruled the constitutions of the Cayman Islands and Bermuda (two Overseas Territories) do not provide the right for same-sex marriage, with the choice instead with their local assemblies.

While the first same-sex marriages took place in the UK in 2014, the Territories have their own constitutions and laws.

The rulings do not affect other protections in place for LGBT+ people.

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing explaining the background to the judgments, the situation in other UK Overseas Territories (OTs), and what the next steps might be.

For the briefing, click here.