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Video: Sir John Swan On Same Sex Marriage

Video: Sir John Swan On Same Sex Marriage

“Bermuda, let’s get ourselves into the 21st century,” Sir John Swan said when asked about same sex marriage, adding that “we’ve got big issues to deal with, and we should not be marginalizing people.” Sir John Swan, who served as Premier from 1982 to 1995, recently sat down with Bernews for a live interview on a wide... Read more of this article

OutBermuda Respond To Preserve Marriage

OutBermuda Respond To Preserve Marriage

Saying that it is their “mandate to support the wellbeing, health, dignity, security and protection of Bermuda’s LGBTQ community, we issue this statement in response. support the wellbeing, health, dignity, security and protection of Bermuda’s LGBTQ community,” OUTBermuda has responded to an ad placed by Preserve Marriage.The statement... Read more of this article

SSM In Territories Discussed In UK Parliament

SSM In Territories Discussed In UK Parliament

While the UK Government “cannot ensure that same-sex marriages are recognised in all Territories” they did write to all Territories “to advise them of the change in UK law” and “to encourage them to introduce similar provisions in their territories.” This was stated in the British Parliament by Parliamentary Under-Secretary... Read more of this article

UK Minister To Cayman On ‘Equality Legislation’

UK Minister To Cayman On ‘Equality Legislation’

The UK’s Overseas Territories Minister Baroness Anelay told the Cayman Legislative Assembly that the “continued discrimination against” the LGBT community placed the Cayman Government in “breach of its legal obligations” and said the “UK had no plans to impose same-sex marriage but implied that there must be some form... Read more of this article

Premier: Important For Govt To Find Way Forward

Premier: Important For Govt To Find Way Forward

“Based on yesterday’s outcome and the non-passage of the Human Rights Amendment Act, it now continues to be critically important for the Government to find a way forward on this very emotive and at times divisive issue,” Premier Michael Dunkley said. The Premier’s comments follow after Human Rights Amendment 2016 — which sought... Read more of this article

Bill On Same Sex Marriage Defeated In Senate

Bill On Same Sex Marriage Defeated In Senate

[Updated] The Human Rights Amendment 2016 — which seeks to maintain marriage as being defined as between a man and a woman — has been defeated in the Senate, with 6 Senators voting against the Bill, while 5 voted in favour of it. The Bill had already passed in the House of Assembly, however it failed to pass in the Senate this afternoon with James... Read more of this article

Podcast: MP Furbert On Same Sex Marriage Bill

Podcast: MP Furbert On Same Sex Marriage Bill

Bermuda is on “good grounds” regarding same sex marriage, based on what other countries around the world have done, according to MP Wayne Furbert. Mr Furbert — who tabled amendments to ensure marriage was enshrined as being between a man and a woman — was responding during a Bernews podcast interview to a statement from the Human... Read more of this article

PM: HRC Is “Overstepping Their Boundaries’

PM: HRC Is “Overstepping Their Boundaries’

The Human Rights Commission is “overstepping their boundaries by going against the European Convention that applies to Bermuda,” Preserve Marriage said. The Human Rights Commission previously said they were “deeply disturbed by the recent passing of the Human Rights Amendment Bill 2016″, adding that “regardless of our position on the... Read more of this article

HRC ‘Deeply Disturbed’ By Legislation Passing

HRC ‘Deeply Disturbed’ By Legislation Passing

The Human Rights Commission said they are “deeply disturbed by the recent passing of the Human Rights Amendment Bill 2016″, adding that “regardless of our position on the issue of marriage equality, we should all be concerned about the example this sets.” The Human Rights Amendment 2016 — which seeks to maintain marriage as... Read more of this article

Burt: ‘Reprehensible That Premier Would Abstain’

Burt: ‘Reprehensible That Premier Would Abstain’

[Updated] On an “emotive issue such as same sex marriage there are bound to be differences of opinion” however it is “reprehensible that the Premier of the country would abstain from voting on this amendment,” Acting Opposition Leader David Burt said. Bill To Block Same Sex Marriage Passes In House Mr Burt’s comments follow... Read more of this article

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

Column: Why I Didn’t Vote In The Referendum

Column: Why I Didn’t Vote In The Referendum

[Opinion column written by Vejay Steede] A few days have passed since Bermuda engaged in an utterly distasteful and arrogant exercise; well, 47% of Bermuda’s registered voters did anyway. The referendum on same sex marriage [SSM] and same sex civil unions [SSCU] held on June 23, 2016 was, to put it mildly, a despicable thing. Why this government felt... Read more of this article

Referendum: ‘Colossal Waste Of Taxpayer Funds’

Referendum: ‘Colossal Waste Of Taxpayer Funds’

Following the referendum, the Rainbow Alliance released a statement saying “the failure to get enough of a voter turn-out proved this exercise to be a colossal waste of taxpayer funds,” and also adding that they ”want to tell the young LGBTQ community that the island’s majority failing to speak for them does not mean that they are... Read more of this article