Rainbow Alliance Acknowledge “Love & Support”

June 23, 2016

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 not impacted by the outcome, we strongly encourage supporters to nonetheless vote yes/yes in the referendum,” the group said.

Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda June 23 2016

“The results of this referendum are non-binding and no matter how it turns out, we will be grateful for an end to the divisive and often-hurtful campaigning that this exercise has inspired.

“Regardless of the results, The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will remain committed to creating safer spaces and advocating for equity for the LGBTQ community.

“Our approach towards justice has always been one of intersectionality [tackling interlinked systems of oppression] and love.

“We hope that following this referendum, the significant amount of resources and energy that have been dedicated towards campaigning can be redeployed towards the many issues that are currently devastating our community.”

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  1. Daylily says:

    All people should love and support all people, religious, non-religious, LGBT or not. Loving and supporting all people does not mean to love and support all things that they do.

    Bermuda we can love one another and still VOTE NO to SSM and NO to Same Sex Civil Unions because ALL countries that have had a Same-Sex Civil Union now have a Same-Sex Marriage.

    Benefits can be given without re-ordering society. VOTE NO, NO BERMUDA BUT READ THE BALLOT, IT MAY BE CONFUSING

    • Um Um Like says:

      That’s like saying we can still love slaves as long as they are slaves.

      • hmmm says:

        Exactly. If you can’t see that, or even make up an excuse for why you think that doesn’t jive, then shame on you.

        YES / YES

      • Daylily says:


        • hmmm says:

          Your willful ignorance saddens me.

          It is horrific that you wish to deny other human beings the same rights as you.

      • Daylily says:

        Deception again. Why is there a voicemail circulating on social media telling people that they actually have to tick yes to vote no?

        People are intentionally confusing voters especially seniors and robbing them of their right to vote their conscience. VOTE NO, NO BERMUDA

      • Daylily says:

        Slaves are in servitude to their masters and are marginalized and disenfranchised. The LGBT community are not in servitude to anyone and wield a significant amount of financial and legal prowess in this country and around the world. People were bragging about how many same-sex couples can come and buy expensive homes outright without a mortgage in Bermuda. No slave has the power to do that.

        Being for the Traditional Marriage is no more homophobic than being for SSM is Christophobic. We can disagree and not hate. Does the LGBT hate all religious people or non-religious people because of their deeply held views on preserving marriage.

        • hmmm says:

          Same Sex couples are marginalized and disenfranchised in Bermuda.

          Vote Yes/Yes to stop the oppression

    • Livid Lesbian says:

      how can you claim to love someone yet discriminate against them or deny them their rights??? It literally makes no sense. Stop trying to sugarcoat your hate.

    • Mike Hind says:

      You can love and support them, but not give them access to rights.
      That’s not what love and support is.

      And, it has to be asked AGAIN, knowing you won’t answer, but…

      How will Marriage Equality “re-order society”?

  2. paperboy says:

    Spot on- we tend to tear at each other when we go public on issues.

    We are not skilled on the tough conversations that connect us at a deep level of our humanity and we quickly resort to word wars – that hurt, divide and wound.

    How do we generate more energy to forgive ourselves and each other than the energy we are using to hold a resentment?

  3. Pondering says:

    “divisive and often hurtful campaign” ..
    - from both sides.

    • Livid Lesbian says:

      No. One side is saying “give people their rights, stop discriminating against the queer community.” and the other side is saying “these people shouldn’t have the rights that we have, if we give them those rights, it’ll destroy society and hurt families and children.” So tell me again, how are both sides hurtful? Sorry if we’re hurting your poor heterosexual feelings. lol.

      • Pondering says:

        think you should know my feelings before you assume you do. both sides have been guilty of critical and hurtful comments toward the other. it’s not always ‘what you say’ but ‘how you say it’.

    • Daylily says:

      Pondering. The Preserve marriage campaign is not meant to be divisive or hurtful, it is meant to be truthful. Unfortunately, we have news outlets posting photos of our chief justice in their opinion piece with the implication that he wrote it. We have social media and what’s app voice overs misleading people regarding the ballot. Look up the Dr. Nicholas Cummings and how the APA was bullied into changing its classifications.

      If you vote anything other than NO, NO we will have same-sex marriage in Bermuda because we will have no legal argument for anything else.

      Look at the preserve marriage website for more information.

      • hmmm says:

        The truth is :

        Same Sex couples are marginalized and disenfranchised in Bermuda.

        Vote Yes/Yes to stop the oppression

        Today it is the rights of same sex couples, yesterday it was:

        Womens rights
        The holocaust

        Where will you be in terms of making a difference?

      • Um Um Like says:

        The Preserve marriage campaign may not intend to be divisive or hurtful, but they are. They may intend on being truthful, but they aren’t.

        Regardless of the results of today’s opinion poll, I mean, referendum, civil unions will be granted in Bermuda. It’s simply a matter of time. Get over it.

        YES YES

      • Hmmmmm says:

        Remember, the referendum is non-binding.

      • Mike Hind says:

        “meant to be truthful”?
        Are you serious? You, yourself, have been shown, many, many times, that the propaganda that you spread from Preserve Marriage has been false. You have been caught in lies over and over.
        “Meant to be truthful”? You don’t know the meaning of the word!

        And you STILL haven’t given a valid, honest, REAL reason that we should vote No No.

        Not once.

        Truthful? Not even close.

      • Come Correct says:

        You’re funny. It’s cute you think that voting on this will make any difference. It’s now illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation. The government basically just spent hundreds of thousands of tax payers dollars to make you feel like you have a say…you don’t, law is law.

      • Mike Hind says:

        You have no legal argument now!

        You have no argument at all.

        Everything you’ve posted has been shown to be incorrect, false and misleading.

    • Mike Hind says:

      How has the Yes/Yes campaign been divisive and often hurtful?

      They aren’t the ones trying to promote discrimination.

  4. YesYes says:

    Is traditional marriage a form of indoctrination???
    How long has mankind been around?
    How long has traditional marriage been around?
    If one compares the two, I at least can only answer “Yes” to the first question above. My vote is “Yes” X “Yes”.

    Society has been evolving for how long?

    The text below is copied from Wikipedia – “Indoctrination”

    Some distinguish indoctrination from education, claiming that the indoctrinated person is expected not to question or critically examine the doctrine they have learned.[2] As such the term may be used pejoratively or as a buzz word, often in the context of political opinions, theology, religious dogma or anti-religious convictions. The term is closely linked to socialization; however, in common discourse, indoctrination is sometimes associated with negative connotations, while socialization refers to cultural or educational learning.

  5. Coffee says:

    I love and support old fashion marriage , you know , the beautiful marraige of mom and dad .

    • Mike Hind says:

      No one is trying to stop those.
      “old fashion marriage” won’t be affected at all by marriage equality.