On 14 July 2016, the Senate was reported to have rejected 5-6 the Human Rights Amendment Act that sought to exclude the Matrimonial Causes Act 1974 (which provides that a marriage is void unless the parties are respectively male and female) from the overriding primacy of the Human Rights Act (that makes unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex or sexual orientation as well as other attributes) [R1.9].
On 08 July 2016, the House of Assembly passed 20-10 a Bill to the effect that nothing in the Human Rights Act would override the provisions of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1974, which provides that marriages are void unless they are between a man and a woman [R1.8].
On 23 June 2016, Bermudians overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriages and civil unions. The final count, at around 4am 24 June, showed that 69 per cent of those who voted, or 14,192 people, opposed same-sex marriage, with 6,514 voting in favour. That means out of 44,367 registered voters, 31.99 per cent were against, with 14.68 per cent in favour. Meanwhile, 63 per cent voted against civil unions in the second question. That equates to 29.31 per cent of registered voters, with 17.19 per cent voting in favour [R1.7].
On 10 June 2016, Chief Justice Ian Kawaley refused the application by the Centre for Justice to stop the same-sex marriage ballot taking place on June 23 on the grounds that such a referendum would breach the constitution, the Human Rights Act and common law [R1.6].
On 11 May 2106, a formal notice was published in the Official Gazette confirming that the referendum on same-sex marriage and civil unions will be held on 23 June [R1.5].
On 15 April 2016, it was reported that Thursday 23 June 2016 will be the likely date for the same-sex marriage referendum. The two-question ballot - will ask whether voters are in favour of same-sex marriage and whether they are in favour of same-sex civil unions [R1.4].
On 11 March 2016, Premier Michael Dunkley, speaking at the House of Assembly, revealed that the same-sex marriage referendum will likely take place in mid-to-late June [R1.3].
On 29 February 2016, Premier Michael Dunkley, accompanied by Community and Culture Minister Patricia Gordon Pamplin, told a media conference that a same-sex marriage referendum bill will be tabled in the House of Assembly ''this legislative session'' [R1.2].
On 16 April 2015, it was reported that Jacqui Chapman and her partner were told that because a P&O ship is registered in Bermuda, the Island's laws – including the prohibition of same-sex marriages – are applicable on board their ships [R1.1].