Marriage inequality deliberate, says Cayman Islands government lawyer


Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) — Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, who the Cayman Islands government has instructed to defend a legal case challenging the British territory’s ban on same-sex marriage and the lack of equity for gay couples, told the court on Friday that “rightly or wrongly”, the intention of the constitution is to ensure that marriage remains a union between opposite-sex couples only.

The leading British attorney, who was the government’s adviser on the 2009 constitution during the consultation process and had assisted in its final wording, argued that the courts should not interfere with the deliberate prohibition on gay marriage because the law was not only constitutional but it was what the people of Cayman wanted.

Jowell, who is…

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