Gay couples will again be able to wed in Bermuda after the Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a constitutional challenge to the Domestic Partnership Act, which in February made Bermuda the only nation in the world to reverse legalized same-sex marriage

Bermuda's Chief Justice Ian Kawaley said that revoking the right to same-sex marriage was inconsistent with Bermuda's constitution, according to Bermuda's Royal Gazette newspaper.

The report also said that the ruling will not go into effect for six weeks, allowing the government time to decide on whether or not to appeal.

Carnival Corp. had supported efforts by OUTBermuda, the island's gay rights organization and plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the Domestic Partnership Act, with financial, civic and public relations support, and filed an affidavit supporting the lawsuit. The law meant that Carnival Corp.'s Bermuda-flagged cruise ships in its Cunard, Princess and P&O fleets were unable to perform same-sex marriages at sea. 

"All of us at Carnival Corp. applaud the leadership of OUTBermuda and Bermuda's LGBTQ families for successfully making their case before the Supreme Court of Bermuda to restore the right to marry for all. As a company committed to equality, inclusion and diversity, we believe everyone deserves equal dignity and respect, and we are proud to have provided our support to OUTBermuda's efforts to champion equality under the law," Carnival Corp. said in a statement.

In a statement praising the decision, OUTBermuda thanked Carnival Corp. for its help.

The repeal had drawn criticism from gay rights organizations around the world, and had some celebrities, including Ellen DeGeneres and Patricia Arquette, calling for a boycott of Bermuda.


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