One Domestic Partnership Bill Meeting Cancelled

November 6, 2017 | 23 Comments

The Ministry of Home Affairs advised that the Town Hall meeting on Thursday [Nov 9] about the Draft Domestic Partnership Bill has been cancelled, however they have encouraged people to attend the Town Hall scheduled for Wednesday [Nov 8] at 5:30pm at the BIU Building.

A Government spokesperson said, “Please be advised that the Thursday town hall meeting for the Draft Domestic Partnership Bill has been cancelled. However, the Ministry of Home Affairs would encourage people to come out to the town hall meeting on Wednesday November 8 at 5:30pm at the BIU Building.

“Members of the public are also invited to send feedback to: domesticpartnership@gov.bm”

The Ministry previously noted that, “The bill will essentially replace same-sex marriage with a domestic partnership arrangement which can be entered into by both same-sex and heterosexual couples.”

The draft of the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 follows below [PDF here]:

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  1. alistair maclean says:

    what?! no alternative date? no explanation? Suddenly the level of consultation is drastically reduced? wow.

  2. nerema says:

    The AME Church suddenly realised some gay people might turn up?

  3. Way too short says:

    Why does it seem all of the Governments meetings are held at BIU or equally a PLP held location. Why can’t they choose a Non-Political / Non-Religious/ Politically Neutral location – Please.- IF this Government wants to be inclusive as stated please choose a Neutral place.

  4. runit says:

    Token consultation!

  5. aceboy says:

    That some great consultation. 2…no wait…ONE town hall (at a PLP chosen location). Standing strong for bigotry.

    • Build a Better Bermuda says:

      I think it’s more of a question of how they can pay off the BIU with Hall rental fees…

  6. Memberberries says:

    Oh they figured out that a church wasn’t a great place to conduct “consultation”?
    The BIU is a similarly non-neutral venue and needs to be moved. This lack of consideration tells you all you need to know about what this government thinks of gay people. They don’t want to hear from them.

    • Paz says:

      I could not agree more. The AME Church is, generally, openly hostile to the gay life style and gay marriage. The BIU is the second main faction of the government. Given the governments position, the BIU location represents a pretty obvious form of repression.

      So there will be little open discussion on gay marriage and gay partnership. It will be suppressed just like the immigration discussion was suppressed. And the government will not care.

      The people of Bermuda deserve better. We need open discussion of ideas and not religious dogma and preconceived social notions. This is the only way for Bermuda society to improve. Sadly, there is no current government leader to champion this notion.

      • Toodle-oo says:

        Please , do yourself a favor and do not include the term ‘life style’ in future comments or references.
        Hopefully others will learn as well .

        It’s not a life style .

      • Onion says:

        Being gay isn’t a lifestyle.

  7. Kevin says:

    Dictatorship runs riot , Hyprocrites run Government, what next

  8. Athena says:

    Any consultation meetings of any kind on political legislation should always be held at a neutral location.

    Why were these not scheduled to be held in a school auditorium?

    • Ringmaster says:

      Maybe because feedback is not wanted? So much for consultation. Get used to the dictatorial style caused by 24-12. It will backfire as politicians are not held accountable.

      • JAYBIRD says:

        Of course feedback is not wanted. Bearing in mind that the PLP were voted in by a wide majority of the voting public, most of whom support this course of action, what more feedback do they really need?

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    BIU headquarters. Now that should ensure a great turnout of unbiased balanced opinion. Anyone surprised?

  10. rene says:

    Im not sure who thought this through but just to point out a few things, LBGT people are minorities everwhere, is the town hall meeting supposed to be a venue for minorities to state their objections,dont think they have much of a chance especially if they are already so scared of being “outed”. To state the obvious black people would still be slaves if majority ruled. I know a few homophobic people who couldnt care less if LBGT people had any rights whatsoever. So is the town hall meeting going to screen these people from entering the discussion. I dont think so. Henry Ford invented the Model T however customers wouldnt buy it today. The status quo has changed it is no longer acceptable to define marriage by an archaic definition no longer suitable for the 21st century. Elitist cannot claim the union of two people via marriage is an exclusive right available only to “the chosen”, it demeans any other partners who wish to get married. There is nothing sacred about heterosexual marriage, its enough of them on the rocks already. Government need to be leaders not followers and show the world that Bermuda embraces multiculturalism and diversity.

  11. campervan says:

    I’m a gay friendly PRC holder. I’d like to assist the gay community in their fight against the subdigation that is being foisted upon them by the present government, but I am concerned about attending the BIU hall for fear of being singled out and intimidated.

    • JAYBIRD says:

      I would strongly suggest that you stay away from BIU HQ.

    • Rocky5 says:

      If you show up and speak you will now have a big target on your back and your employer might be intimidated into letting you go..

  12. Joey says:

    Plain and simple they make it up as they go along and will all colllaspse around them as kids are still murdering each other ,we still ain’t got no extra jobs ,road fatalities one a week ,burglaries on the ride ,education up shi. creek and up to our ears in debt ..oh yeah but that’s right we are for the people …… please RLMAO putting bs first

  13. Way too short says:

    HY IS IT OKAY FOR A SENIOR SCHOOL TO HAVE THE SAME TEACHER TEACH MATH & ENGLISH- IS THIS WHY THE KIDS ARE FAILING-

    SENIOR SCHOOL PEOPLE, SHOCKING IN THIS DAY AND AGE. NO WONDER THE KIDS DON’T LEARN IF THE TEACHERS AREN’T FULLTIME ON A MAIN SUBJECT…. DO THE GOVERNMENT KNOW THIS?

  14. Peter says:

    The religious haters will be out in force ignoring the word of God and pushing ther church club rules on ther rest of us …..anyone for lobster?

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