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Foreign & Common Office letter to the Hon. Leader of the Opposition

Education Type: Transparency Data

Thank you for letter of 13 August 2020 to the Foreign Secretary regarding the decision of the Governor and UK Government to intervene using section 81 of the Cayman Islands Constitution to legislate for domestic partnerships. I am replying as the Minister responsible for the Overseas Territories.

I recognise that same sex partnership is seen as a controversial issue by many in the Cayman Islands and that feelings run high on both sides. I firmly believe that the strongest, safest and most prosperous societies are those in which all citizens can live freely without fear of discrimination, and where all citizens, including members of the LGBT community, can play a full and active part in society. I also believe that the rule of law must be upheld in the UK and all of the Overseas Territories.