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Boris Johnson has impeded LGBT+ rights in Cayman – no longer

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When does a pattern of behaviour end up being a policy? Something that intimately defines a person’s beliefs? The victory of Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden Bush establishing their right to marry one another in the Cayman Islands reveals much about Boris Johnson, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office he presided over, and the culture he nurtured there.

The Cayman Islands are a British Overseas Territory. The UK is accountable for their good government and, ultimately, they are governed from the FCO’s HQ in King Charles Street. The foreign secretary is responsible for them.

When Boris Johnson was the foreign secretary the Cayman Islands governor and the Foreign Office were petitioned by Chantelle and Vickie, pleading to be given the right to have their relationship recognised by the island’s laws. Despite Caymanians being UK citizens, neither equal marriage nor civil partnerships were allowed. The emotional impact of that denial is self-evident, but it also means that same-sex couples are deprived of all the benefits that come with the state recognising relationships.

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Chantelle, a born-and-bred Caymanian, was desperate to marry Vickie in the Cayman Islands. Vickie has her own extensive links with the islands but is not Caymanian. They met in Cayman and it is where they see their future together with their daughter. Before they took the brave move of seeking a marriage license which they knew would be rejected, they literally begged the governor and the FCO to make marriage or civil partnerships available in Cayman.........

© Independent