Home Affairs Minister Walton Brown is seeking public feedback regarding the current draft bill on Domestic Partnerships, which essentially replaces “same-sex marriage with a domestic partnership arrangement which can be entered into by both same-sex and heterosexual couples”.

Terming it a “prolonged matter of great division in our country”, in a statement released today, he stressed that no same-sex couple already marries, will be stripped of their marriage designation.

He also noted that two town hall meetings will be held on the subject next week to guage public feedback on the proposed new legislation.

“The purpose of this public consultation period is to gain feedback from the public on the current draft bill regarding domestic partnerships and answer any questions that anyone might have,” the Minister said.

“Stakeholder groups have already been informed as we seek to move forward in collaborative way. “It should be noted that all same-sex couples who are already married will not have this designation taken away from them,” he added.

The bill will be posted on the Government website www.gov.bm for the public to view as well as on the Government’s Facebook Page, ‘The Government of Bermuda’.

Members of the public are invited to send comments and questions via email to domestipartnership@gov.bm.

The two-week public consultation period which began today (Nov 2) and concludes on Wednesday, November 15th.