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UK lawyer: Same-sex marriage likely to come to Bermuda one day

By Jonathan Bell

Same-sex marriage will likely make its way to Bermuda, but probably not any time soon, according to a UK law professor.

Human rights lawyer Nicola Barker, due to address Bermuda College graduates on the topic, told The Royal Gazette that gay marriage was becoming a world trend.

“That will probably be the case in Bermuda. I don’t know enough about Bermuda’s political situation to predict if it’s imminent. I would suspect it would take a lot of work by gay rights campaigners.”

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Rainbow Alliance praises church stance

By Owain Johnston-Barnes

The Rainbow Alliance have disputed a claim by Opposition Leader Marc Bean that gay marriage would lead to moral disruption.

However, the group agreed with Mr Bean’s assertion that same sex marriage is inevitable — something the Opposition Leader described as “unfortunate”.

The statement also praised the “respectful manner” in which both Grant Gibbons and the Seventh-day Adventist Church spoke on the issue, saying: “They offered open arms to all individuals, which is in line with the Rainbow Alliance’s focus on providing safe spaces for the LGBTQ community.”

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Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda’s Response to ISSUES Program

The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda would like to acknowledge the respectful manner in which Dr Gibbons and the Seventh Day Adventist Church spoke on the topic of homosexuality during the ISSUES program. They offered open arms to all individuals, which is in-line with the Rainbow Alliance’s focus on providing safe spaces for the LGBTQ community.

We agree with Marc Bean’s assessment that same sex marriage is inevitable in Bermuda, but reject all heterosexist assertions that such an event will cause moral disruption. The PLP has not yet arrived at a party position. The official position of the current government was clarified a few weeks ago by Premier Craig Cannonier, who has stated that marriage equality will not be pursued while he is in power. Premier Cannonier’s leadership is not permanent, and Bermuda will continue to take steps towards equity for all citizens, regardless of sexual orientation.

Bermuda has a long way to go in addressing the heterosexist and sometimes homophobic attitudes displayed in reaction to the recent Human Rights Act amendment, which will remain a cause that the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will campaign for through education and outreach. The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will continue its focus to provide safe spaces for the LGBTQ community members and allies.

See also: Bernews Article, Royal Gazette Article