The Rainbow Alliance said they agree with Opposition Leader Marc Bean that same sex marriage is inevitable in Bermuda, but “reject all heterosexist assertions that such an event will cause moral disruption.”
Mr Bean recently appeared on a local television show where he said that he feels that gay marriage is inevitable and made comments about civilisation being turned “upside down”.
A spokesperson said, “The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda would like to acknowledge the respectful manner in which Dr Gibbons and the Seventh Day Adventist Church spoke on the topic of homosexuality during the ISSUES program. They offered open arms to all individuals, which is in-line with the Rainbow Alliance’s focus on providing safe spaces for the LGBTQ community.
“We agree with Marc Bean’s assessment that same sex marriage is inevitable in Bermuda, but reject all heterosexist assertions that such an event will cause moral disruption. The PLP has not yet arrived at a party position.
“The official position of the current government was clarified a few weeks ago by Premier Craig Cannonier, who has stated that marriage equality will not be pursued while he is in power. Premier Cannonier’s leadership is not permanent, and Bermuda will continue to take steps towards equity for all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation.
“Bermuda has a long way to go in addressing the heterosexist and sometimes homophobic attitudes displayed in reaction to the recent Human Rights Act amendment, which will remain a cause that the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will campaign for through education and outreach.
“The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will continue its focus to provide safe spaces for the LGBTQ community members and allies,” concluded the spokesperson.
Attorney General Mark Pettingill previously spoke on civil partnerships, said in his personal view gay couples not having rights under the law of survivorship is an “abomination,” and said we are going to have to look at how we address that particular issue.
Marriage laws around the world vary with some nations having civil partnerships, some countries legalising same sex marriage [Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain etc] while other nations still criminalise homosexuality.