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Rainbow Alliance Response to Marriage Equality Case


The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is overwhelmed with joy at the conclusion of today’s historic ruling. We applaud the landmark decision by Justice Charles Etta-Simmons. Today, history has been made and love has won.

This ruling is not only a victory for a brave young couple willing to fight for their love, Winston Godwin and his fiance Greg DeRoche, this ruling is a victory for all same-gender loving people in Bermuda. In this decision, the courts have affirmed that the love between two consenting adults is worth protecting with law, regardless of gender. This outcome ensures that same-gender couples can enjoy the same legal protections as heterosexual spouses do. This outcome preserves the notion that love is the greatest force of all.

When asked about their reaction to the incredible victory in the courts, Winston Godwin & Greg DeRoche shared, “We appreciate all the positive affirmations and support. This has been a long process, but well worth the fight. Hopefully this brings forward hope and courage for those who were/are afraid to speak up or come out. This is a moment we are proud of and will never forget.”

This outcome could not be possible if it were not for the courageous decision of Winston to take on the government of his home and risk being ostracised by his community for the sake of love. We applaud Winston and Greg, the legal team that supported this challenge, and the many campaigners that have over the years fought for increased human rights, dignity, and respect of LGBTQ people. There is so much more work to be done, but today, we celebrate that love always wins.

The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is made up of a diverse group of young Bermudians that are involved in many areas of other social justice advocacy and community work. There are no official spokespeople and all statements are written collaboratively. The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda is not a charity and does not seek funding. For more information visit



I would like to sincerely to thank Winston Godwin and his fiance, Greg DeRoche, for being the couple that chose to stand-up for the LGBT right to marry in Bermuda. Your names will forever be remembered. To the Rainbow Alliance, the Legal Team, the countless numbers of supporters, and all safe spaces thank you. I just think because of the people behind this movement I can marry here now. Thank you hardly seems good enough, but it is all I can think of at this moment……because it feels so surreal.

Now we just need a safe space/place for the LGBT community to mingle and just relax… a centre. I believe there are a lot of us that would back this idea. I would like to continue to donate to our cause.


I’m thrilled about this decision! Even when prejudice, fear, and ignorance do their best to prevail, love always wins! We are all members of the human race; as such we are all entitled to the same basic human rights, including the right not to be discriminated against, and the right to choose who we wish to love and share our life with. To all those involved in helping this day happen, a heartfelt thank you for your time, courage, support and perseverance. This is a huge moment for Bermuda.

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