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Bill To Block Same Sex Marriage Passes In House

Bill To Block Same Sex Marriage Passes In House

[Updated] The Human Rights Amendment 2016 — which seeks to maintain marriage as being defined as between a man and a woman — passed last night [July 8] in the House of Assembly. The Bill was originally brought to the House by Opposition MP Wayne Furbert back in February, and then voted on during last night’s debate after an Amendment... Read more of this article

Rainbow Alliance Acknowledge “Love & Support”

Rainbow Alliance Acknowledge “Love & Support”

The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda said they “would like to acknowledge the outpouring of love and support for the LGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer] community in advance of the referendum on marriage equality. “While our position remains that the rights of an oppressed minority should not be voted on by a majority that is... Read more of this article

OUTBermuda: Answers To Common Questions

OUTBermuda: Answers To Common Questions

Saying that they support voting ‘Yes/Yes’ in the upcoming referendum, OUTBermuda — a charity devoted to raising awareness of issues affecting LGBTQ people in Bermuda — has provided answers to commonly asked questions. The statement said, “OUTBermuda [Registration No. 973] is Bermuda’s only charity devoted to raising awareness... Read more of this article

Sousa: “I Will Be Voting Yes, Yes At Referendum”

Sousa: “I Will Be Voting Yes, Yes At Referendum”

“I would just ask the people of Bermuda to make the right choice — and it is your choice — but make the right choice, and I personally will be voting yes yes at the referendum,” said businessman and MP Jeff Sousa. Mr Sousa, who was being interviewed by advocate Tony Brannon, said, “I like many others, when I was younger... Read more of this article

‘Shocked & Saddened By Hateful Mass Shooting’

‘Shocked & Saddened By Hateful Mass Shooting’

Following the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando which left 50 people dead, the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda said they “stand in solidarity with the fellow members of the LGBTQ community around the world as we mourn the loss of those senselessly murdered and injured.” The statement from the group said, “The Rainbow Alliance of... Read more of this article

Bush: Cayman Should Consider Referendum

Bush: Cayman Should Consider Referendum

Cayman Opposition Leader McKeeva Bush says the Cayman Islands should follow the same route as Bermuda and call a referendum on the issue of same sex unions. This is according to a report from the Cayman Reporter, which said, ”Opposition Leader Hon McKeeva Bush says if Cayman is being pushed to accept same sex unions then this country should... Read more of this article

Govt To Investigate ‘Vote No’ Sticker On Vehicle

Govt To Investigate ‘Vote No’ Sticker On Vehicle

The Ministry of Public Works said they “will take the necessary steps to investigate” the bumper sticker on a Government vehicle urging people to “vote no” to same sex marriage, as “bumper stickers or other messages affixed to Government vehicle other than Ministry or Department detail is not permitted.” The sticker... Read more of this article

Video: Mark Pettingill On Same Sex Marriage

Video: Mark Pettingill On Same Sex Marriage

Tony Brannon, who has been advocating on behalf of same sex marriage, recently sat down with MP and lawyer Mark Pettingill to discuss the topic and the upcoming referendum. Mr Brannon, who posted the video on YouTube, said, “Mark has been in the front lines of Marriage Equality and represented Ijumo Hayward and Clarence Williams III with a same... Read more of this article

Column: Reverend On Religion & Gay Rights

Column: Reverend On Religion & Gay Rights

[Opinion column written by Reverend John-Anthony Burchall] I am a 46-year-old Bermudian who lives in and among those deciduous leafy enclaves that ring Washington DC, the capital of the most powerfully imperial nation in the world. I am also a Black Bermudian whose ancestors came to our island against their will. They mingled with my Pequot forebears... Read more of this article

Referendum: Centre To Apply For Judicial Review

Referendum: Centre To Apply For Judicial Review

The Centre for Justice was granted leave by the Supreme Court of Bermuda to apply for judicial review of the Referendum on same sex marriage and civil unions, saying that they believe a referendum on the questions proposed “will breach a variety of fundamental rights.” The Referendum is due to be held on June 23, 2016, and the questions... Read more of this article

Voter Registration Deadline Is At 5.00pm Today

Voter Registration Deadline Is At 5.00pm Today

With the Referendum approaching, voters who wish to register for the first time or make changes to their existing registration details will have to do so by 5.00pm today [May 18]. The Referendum will be held on June 23, 2016, and the questions will be “are you in favour of same sex marriage in Bermuda?” and “are you in favour of same... Read more of this article

SSM & Civil Union Referendum Set For June 23

SSM & Civil Union Referendum Set For June 23

[Updated] The Cabinet Office advised that Premier Michael Dunkley has determined that June 23, 2016 will be the date for the upcoming Referendum for same sex relationships. The questions which will be featured on the Referendum are:Are you in favour of same sex marriage in Bermuda? Are you in favour of same sex civil unions in Bermuda?“The... Read more of this article

Video: Carla John On Marriage, Rights, Bermuda

Video: Carla John On Marriage, Rights, Bermuda

What is it like to be a gay Bermudian whose marriage isn’t recognised in your home country? Carla John is a Bermudian who is married to her Canadian wife and has a 14 year old son. She lives in Sudbury, Canada and although she often returns to Bermuda to visit with family, she chooses not to return to live as her marriage would not be recognized. Ms... Read more of this article