PLP Urge Voters To Participate In Referendum

June 22, 2016

Acting Deputy Leader and Shadow Minister of Home Affairs Walter Roban has urged the public to take part in tomorrow’s referendum, saying that they “encourage all to exercise their democratic right and vote.”

Mr Roban said, “By casting your vote tomorrow, you will play a part in determining how we as a country move forward on the issue of same sex marriage and civil unions.

“The Progressive Labour Party passed the Referendum Act in 2012 making it easier for questions to be asked to the voters of this country and we encourage all to exercise their democratic right and vote.

“This referendum is a conscience vote for the PLP and we both recognise and respect that there are strong views on both sides of the civil unions and same sex marriage issue.

“We accept there is a concern in that the referendum is non-binding, but it is critically important for the voting public to clearly state its position on this issue.”

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  1. sage says:

    Vote in a redundant $300,000 opinion poll for something that will be forced into law by the court ruling anyway? That’s almost as bad as wasting a vote on the lesser of two evils.

    • Daylily says:

      Actually Sage, it was a court ruling that called for the margin of appreciation. As a matter of fact the European Court of Human Rights has said on numerous occasions that it is the governments duty to assess the will of the people. No court has the right to legislate from the bench, it is only with the absence of good governance that the court will need to be involved.

      The ECHR in a June 9, 2016 case has re-iterated that SSM is not a human right, nor is it discriminatory to reserve marriage to a male and a female. The benefits of family life can be conveyed without re-ordering Bermuda’s culture.

      There is apparently money to be made with this agenda and the Bermuda government seems to have a new master, the god of money rather than trusting the God of creation on whose principle this country was founded.

  2. Coffee says:

    Mini busses already in position to carry the elderly in rest homes and their own homes to the polls .

    • Daylily says:

      Nothing wrong with helping the elderly exercise their democratic rights, or is age discrimination ok now. It is the elderly community that gave us the beautiful Bermuda that we all believe we are fighting for.

  3. OBSERVER says:

    Thank you, P.L.P. The bashings you all receive mean absolutely NOTHING. Persevere on!!!!!

  4. Public says:

    They should urge their supporters not to vote. Their supporters are the ones voting against same sex marriage and civil unions.

  5. Daylily says:

    PLP is not necessarily on one side of the issue. What I do appreciate is that they are objectively encouraging the public to be informed and vote THEIR own conscience.

    READ THE BALLOTS WELL. MAKE SURE YOUR VOTE COUNTS.

    EVERY COUNTRY THAT HAS HAD A SS CIVIL UNION NOW HAS SSM. There really is only one vote. NO TO SSM, NO SSCU