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Bermuda Senate approves bill prohibiting discrimination against gays

Thursday, July 4, 2013

HAMILTON, Bermuda — Bermuda has passed legislation that will outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The Human Rights Amendment Act was passed Wednesday without objection in Bermuda’s Senate, which gave the measure its final legislative approval. House lawmakers authorized the bill last month after hours of hot debate.

The measure will amend a 30-year-old human rights act once it is signed by Bermuda’s governor. It also bans age discrimination in all sectors except at work.

In recent weeks, Premier Craig Cannonier had urged parliamentarians to approve the amendments. He said the measure to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was “not about endorsing any kind of lifestyle” but was about preventing injustice.

The wealthy British Atlantic territory of nearly 70,000 inhabitants does not permit same-sex marriage.

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14 more reader comments:

  1. Come on america

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:11pm
  2. “Bans age discrimination in all sectors except work” sounds a bit backwards

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:22pm
  3. WELL DONE BERMUDA! :-D

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:25pm
  4. Good

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:26pm
  5. I love BDA!

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:27pm
  6. Discrimination against LGBT member working environment it’s legal to do here but hate crimes it’s against the law here the law its called Matthew Shepard Law with means if you do a hate even if minor offense it still carry a stiff punishments to LGBT members

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:29pm
  7. The Caribbean is Thinking Forward!

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:41pm
  8. Thanks for the heads up!

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 6:52pm
  9. Cool. This wasn’t another one of those mistakes, was it? bwahaha

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 7:06pm
  10. The Bermuda Pink Triangle.

    Posted on Thursday, July 4, 2013 at 9:27pm
  11. Its about time somebody somewhere does….

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 12:14am
  12. Amen forward thinking I love it

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 5:57am
  13. Bermuda is BEAUTIFUL!

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 8:12am
  14. Its in the Atlantic

    Posted on Friday, July 5, 2013 at 10:18am