Bermuda's ruling Progressive Labour Party government has lost its latest legal battle against same-sex marriage.
The Court of Appeal dismissed the government's claim that former Chief Justice Ian Kawaley erred in a ruling that re-opened the door to same-sex marriage in the British Overseas Territory.
The judge had found that a clause in the Domestic Partnership Act which specified marriage as between a man and a woman was unconstitutional.
An application by the government to stay the Court of Appeal's decision was also refused on Friday, meaning same-sex marriage in the island and on Bermuda-registered ships is now legal.
However, sources said the government may apply for the matter to be heard by the Privy Council in London within the next 21 days.