(Non-)recognition for same sex relationships in the Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands is an autonomous British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean. It is governed under the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009, Schedule 2 to which sets out the territory’s Constitution in detail.

In Deputy Registrar of the Cayman Islands & Anor v Day & Anor [2019] CICA No 9 of 2019, Ms Chantelle Day and Ms Vickie Bodden Bush had applied in April 2018 for a marriage licence but the Deputy Registrar had refused to grant it, relying on s.2 of the Cayman Islands Marriage Law (2010 Revision), which defines marriage as “the union between a man and a woman as husband and wife.” Ms Day and Ms Bush applied to the Grand Court for orders to enable them to marry and were successful.

On appeal, that decision was overturned: Continue reading