Bermuda has become the first country in the world to roll back gay and lesbian marriage after it was passed, and Carnival is facing a major backlash. The legislation replaced marriage equality with domestic partnerships and was signed into law earlier this year. Since Carnival Corporation, which owns P&O and Cunard lines, has 24 ships registered in Bermuda, it is facing intense pressure from travelers who believe that Carnival should register the ships in a country where gay marriage is legal or face a boycott after it was forced to change its policy ending same-sex marriages on board.
A P&O Cruises spokesman said: “Carnival Corporation believes that same sex marriage should be legalized in Bermuda and therefore we are opposed to the new law. We are currently working with local interest groups in Bermuda and elsewhere to explore options in relation to this.”