106
106
2

Help Us Fight for Equal Marriage

£10,775 of £25,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 13 months
Help Us Fight the Ban on Equal Marriage

Imagine for a moment you’ve been in a long-term relationship with your partner for 6 years. You’ve moved in together. Have a beautiful child. And you want to take the next step and make a life-long commitment. Now imagine you can’t, because your government won’t allow it.

That’s the reality my fiancée and I face every day, as second-class British citizens.

Doesn’t the UK have equal marriage?

It does. But not for everyone. The Cayman Islands – a British Overseas Territory – bans same-sex unions. In any form. No marriage. No civil partnerships. I’m a British citizen, but my relationship simply doesn’t exist in the eyes of the government. Even if we married elsewhere, Cayman would not recognise the union. Vickie would not be allowed to live in Cayman as my legal spouse.

Which is why we now live abroad in London, in self-exile. We would dearly love to return to Cayman, to raise our daughter amongst friends and family that we miss greatly. But we cannot do so until the law changes.

The government should say “I do” so we can too

We’ve pleaded with the Cayman government to act, to say “I do” to equal marriage. But it continues to ignore its own constitution. The British government won’t help either – it could mandate equal rights, like it did in 2001 when it decriminalized homosexuality in all of its overseas territories. But its silence and disregard for international human rights law is deafening. 

If they won’t act, we must

Both governments are acting illegally. They won’t act to ensure all British citizens are treated equally. So now the burden – both financial and emotional - falls on our shoulders to do what’s right. We’ve pulled together an incredible legal team to take the case to court. And we will win. The law is clear.

How you can help

As you can imagine, legal costs are expensive. Although we’ve had some generous individuals assisting us in the fight for equality, ours and their pockets are not bottomless. With your help we will be able to bring Cayman into the 21st Century, and set an example for all of the UK’s overseas territories, so that no more British citizens need to go to court to marry the person they love.

In April we requested a marriage license in Cayman which was rejected. Now our legal team have filed legal proceedings with the courts in the Cayman Islands where we are fighting for equality!

So the clock is ticking.

Help us, and you’ll help thousands more.

Here’s some of our news coverage:

https://loveincmag.com/an-lgbt-couple-is-taking-on-marriage-equality-in-the-cayman-islands/

https://caymannewsservice.com/2018/04/women-same-sex-marriage-rejection/

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/cayman-islands-same-sex-marriage-british-overseas-territory-gay-lgbt-rights-a8312791.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/ayman-islands-same-sex-marriage-lgbt-rights-gay-british-territory-overseas-a8308571.html

Latest - legal action filed:

https://www.caymancompass.com/2018/06/20/couple-files-legal-challenge-to-gay-marriage-ban/

https://caymannewsservice.com/2018/06/women-file-legal-case-over-marriage-refusal/

Follow me on Twitter @chants6

#loveislove #Equalmarriage #caymanislands
+ Read More
Hey everyone

First of all - thank you so so much for all of the generous donations.

We used every bit of it covering the costs of the initial trial, and were successful, changing the definition of marriage going forward in the Cayman Islands.

Our success was only possible because of your generosity.

As many of you will have seen, the Government reacted quite negatively, spending 2 days in the Legislative Assembly, many making seriously homophobic remarks.

They have appealed the decision and we are due back in court again before the Court of Appeal in August.

We have set up a new GoFundMe for the appeal:

https://www.gofundme.com/marriageequalityappeal?pc=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=1e8a707357db4956b7ac1f4c5cb6b3ae

If you feel inclined, we’d be grateful if you could please check out the new link, and share with your contacts.

Many thanks again

Chantelle and Vickie
+ Read More
Hey guys!

As a lot of you will have seen, we’ve moved forward with formal legal proceedings which were filed with the courts this week in Cayman. Thanks for all of the support and donations receive to date!

Please share our story as we want it to be heard far and wide!

https://caymannewsservice.com/2018/06/women-file-legal-case-over-marriage-refusal/

https://www.caymancompass.com/2018/06/20/couple-files-legal-challenge-to-gay-marriage-ban/

Chants and Vickie :)
+ Read More
Read a Previous Update

£10,775 of £25,000 goal

Raised by 106 people in 13 months
Your share could be bringing in donations. Sign in to track your impact.
   Connect
We will never post without your permission.
In the future, we will let you know if your sharing brings in any donations.
We were not able to connect your Facebook account. Please try again later.
£500
Anonymous
21 days ago
CW
£100
Colin & Lyn West
1 month ago
JB
£75
Jennifer Black
1 month ago
MS
£50
Matthew Seales
1 month ago
AH
£100
Allan Holdsworth
1 month ago
£150
Shân Stephenson
3 months ago
JF
£111
Jacqui Farrington
7 months ago
£1,800
Anonymous
8 months ago (Offline Donation)
DM
£100
Dean Miller
8 months ago
AD
£30
Annabel Dennett
8 months ago
or
Use My Email Address
By continuing, you agree with the GoFundMe
terms and privacy notice
Receive occasional updates from GoFundMe about how to help others. You can change your preferences whenever you like.
There is an issue with this Campaign Organiser's account. Our team has contacted them with the solution! Please ask them to sign in to GoFundMe and check their account. Return to Campaign

Are you ready for the next step?
Even a £5 donation can help!
Donate Now Not now
Connect on Facebook to keep track of how many donations your share brings.
We will never post on Facebook without your permission.
Receive occasional updates from GoFundMe about how to help others. You can change your preferences whenever you like.