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BTA Chairman & CEO Issue Joint Statement

BTA Chairman & CEO Issue Joint Statement

Following the contrasting statements from the Bermuda Tourism Authority CEO and Board which were followed by comments from the Tourism Minister expressing his “disappointment with Mr. Dallas’ unauthorized statement,” BTA Board Chairman Paul Telford and CEO Kevin Dallas issued a short joint statement about the “way forward”... Read more of this article

American Group Urges Governor To “Veto” Bill

American Group Urges Governor To “Veto” Bill

The U.S. based Human Rights Campaign has urged the Governor of Bermuda “to veto legislation passed by the Bermuda Parliament repealing marriage equality,” saying that “if the measure becomes law, the British overseas territory will become the first territory in the world to take away the right of same-sex couples to marry.” Domestic... Read more of this article

Rainbow Alliance Respond To Bill Passing

Rainbow Alliance Respond To Bill Passing

“To reverse marriage equality — which the courts decided was a service under the Human Rights Act — is a gross miscarriage of justice,” the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda said, adding that “this fight has been long but we know that ultimately, love will win.”Domestic Partnership Act Passes In House & Senate The Domestic... Read more of this article

HRC: ‘Erosion of Human Right Protections’

HRC: ‘Erosion of Human Right Protections’

“Bermuda gained the shameful honor of being the first jurisdiction to allow marriage equality and then remove and replace it with legislation that is aimed clearly at being separate and unequal,” the Bermuda Human Rights Commission said, adding that “we must stem the attacks and erosion of Human Rights that has been pervasive over... Read more of this article

Senate Approves Domestic Partnership Bill

Senate Approves Domestic Partnership Bill

[Updated] The Domestic Partnerships Act has passed in the Senate, with the legislation to replace same-sex marriages with a domestic partnership being approved by an 8 – 3 margin. The Domestic Partnerships Act passed in the House of Assembly late on Friday night, and headed to the 11-member Senate, where the five Government Senators, three Opposition... Read more of this article

Live Updates: Senators Voting On Multiple Bills

Live Updates: Senators Voting On Multiple Bills

[Updating] The Senate is in session today [Dec 13], and a number of Bills are listed on the official Order of Business, including the Domestic Partnerships Act, the Casino Gaming Amendment, and the Cannabis Decriminalisation Bill. All three Bills have already passed in the House and now head to the 11-member Senate, where the five Government Senators,... Read more of this article

‘Bermuda’s Laws Are Outside The BTA’s Remit’

‘Bermuda’s Laws Are Outside The BTA’s Remit’

[Updated] “The Bermuda Tourism Authority is a non-political entity and decisions about Bermuda’s policies and laws are outside the Bermuda Tourism Authority’s remit and are the responsibility of Parliament,” Bermuda Tourism Authority Board said. This follows after BTA CEO Kevin Dallas wrote to Senators to express concern about the... Read more of this article

Cruise Line ‘Awaiting Further Updates’ On Law

Cruise Line ‘Awaiting Further Updates’ On Law

Cunard cruise line — which is registered in Bermuda and started offering same sex weddings onboard their ships — told Bernews they are “aware of the Bermuda Government’s plan to change the law on same sex marriage” and are “awaiting further updates regarding same sex marriages on our ships.”Bill Passes In... Read more of this article

BTA: ‘Bill Poses Threat To Success Of Tourism’

BTA: ‘Bill Poses Threat To Success Of Tourism’

[Updated] BTA CEO Kevin Dallas has written to Senators to express concern about “what the negative consequences could be for tourism if the Domestic Partnership Bill passes the Senate,” saying “we believe the Bill poses an unnecessary threat to the success of our tourism industry.” The Domestic Partnerships Act — which... Read more of this article

OBA: No To DPA & Casino, Yes Decriminalisation

OBA: No To DPA & Casino, Yes Decriminalisation

The One Bermuda Alliance confirmed their Senators plan to vote against the Domestic Partnerships Act and Casino Gaming Amendment, while planning to support the Cannabis Decriminalisation Bill. All three Bills have already passed in the House and now head to the 11-member Senate, where the five Government Senators, three Opposition Senators and three... Read more of this article

OUTBermuda Group “Disappointed” By Decision

OUTBermuda Group “Disappointed” By Decision

OUTBermuda said they are “disappointed with the Government’s decision to roll back rights extended to same-sex couples,” and explained that they “engaged constructively with the Government in response to its consultation on Domestic Partnerships, recognizing that there was a risk of an even worse outcome if Junior Minister Furbert... Read more of this article

Whoops! Bahamas Cited For Marriage Law

Whoops! Bahamas Cited For Marriage Law

Another case of Bermuda being confused with another island has occurred, this time with Bahamas being reported by an online news website as “abolishing marriage equality after just six months.” The error only occurs in the headline, and the rest of the article is basically accurate, citing Bermuda news reports and including a photo of the... Read more of this article

Winston Godwin & Greg DeRoche: ‘It Is A Shame’

Winston Godwin & Greg DeRoche: ‘It Is A Shame’

“It is a shame that it has come to this after such a long fought battle,” but it is important to acknowledge “what we have been able to achieve together,” Winston Godwin and Greg DeRoche said following the Domestic Partnerships Act passing in the House of Assembly. The couple — who filed the legal challenge which paved... Read more of this article