CAYMAN ISLANDS — (04-24-19) — The Court of Appeal has delayed the implementation of Same-Sex Marriage after its historic ruling last month legalizing gay marriage.
The couple who spear headed the lawsuit to overturn the ban on same-sex marriage, Caymanian Chantelle Day and her fiance Vickie Bodden Bush, had planned to get married this week. Now they are forced to delay their wedding thanks to the justices.
The conservative majority Government is appealing Chief Justice Anthony Smellie’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage and applied for a “stay” to prevent LGBT couples from getting married until the conclusion of their appeal.
Judges order stay of historic Same-Sex Marriage Judgment
The justices agreed to the stay, saying government had demonstrated that the appeal was arguable.
President of the Court of Appeal Sir John Goldring said..”The court accepted the point raised by attorney Reshma Sharma on behalf of the attorney general that it risked creating a legal anomaly if same-sex couples were allowed to marry and the chief justice’s decision was later overturned on appeal.” said Sir Goldring.
The justices will hear the substantive appeal at its next session in August 2019.
Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer