Just six months after Bermuda made same-sex marriages legal, the British Overseas Territory looks set to ban it again.
In a vote of 8 to 3, senators voted to introduce a bill to take away the right to marriage for same-sex couples.
The bill has been approved by the House of Assembly and now only needs the approval of the governor for it to become law.
If the bill is signed into law it will make Bermuda the first jurisdiction in the world to withdraw the right to same-sex marriage after it was legalised.
Opposition senator Nandi Outerbridge said: “This bill in its simplest forms strips away rights from human beings.”
However, Crystal Casesare, the ruling senator, claimed that society was not ready to accept same-sex marriage.
If the bill is passed into law, same-sex couples who are married will be allowed to remain married, but other same-sex couples wishing to be married will only have the option of entering into a “domestic partnership”.