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Bermuda approves bill prohibiting discrimination against gays

Saturday, June 15, 2013

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Lawmakers in Bermuda have approved a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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The bill was approved Friday in the House of Assembly after nine hours of debate.

Meanwhile, a motion to add a clause to the Human Rights Act to ensure same-sex marriage remained banned was defeated by a vote of 18 to 12.

MP Wayne Furbert had proposed the amendment so that ithe anti-discrimination measure would not take precedence over the Matrimonial Causes Act of 1974, which outlawed same-sex marriage.

“The majority of Bermudians do not want (people) to be discriminated against based on sexual orientation as far as working and living accommodations but there is no doubt that the majority of Bermudians do not support same sex marriages,” said Furbert.

Lawmakers also prohibited age discrimination in all sectors except at work, a move that many observers criticized.

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico recently approved similar legislation banning employment discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation.

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9 more reader comments:

  1. Which means they should start getting all of anti-gay Jamaica’s business.

    Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:45am
  2. Big step for Bermuda!!

    Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:45am
  3. Yes Bermuda!

    Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 11:59am
  4. bout time

    Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:04pm
  5. Good news, because Bermuda is pretty conservative. Lovely, but conservative! Now it’ll be a more attractive destination for LGBT travelers! A great place for a honeymoon!

    Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:16pm
  6. I’m from Bermuda and it is a great moment for the LGBTQ Community. There is more work to be done but we are overjoyed! All LGBTQ travelers are more then welcome here.

    Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 12:59pm
  7. This is a big step forward.I vowed years ago not to return to Bermuda because it was so obviously anti-gay the last time I was there. At the time, one of my friends who lived there was asked to spy on his neighbors, who were suspected of being gay. (He refused, but still…)

    Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 1:14pm
  8. Wait. Let me c if i have this right. U have to approve a bill preventing discrimination against gays. Well, that sounds like alot of paperwork cuz of the discrimination at all. Is that right?

    Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 2:02pm
  9. Haciendo la diferencia en el conservatismo caribeño. Felicidades Bermuda.

    Posted on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 2:55pm