Rainbow Alliance praises church stance

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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.”

During Thursday’s ‘Issues’ programme on the Seventh-day Adventist television station, Mr Bean told host Richard Smith the gay rights agenda was an attack on life itself.

“Historically if you look at the gay rights agenda, at who created it and financed it, then you will recognise that its purpose is to turn civilisation upside down and upon its head,” Mr Bean said.

The Opposition Leader also said it would not be accurate to say the Progressive Labour Party has a “special position” in relation to the issue.

Premier Craig Cannonier has said in the past marriage equity will not be pursued during his time in office.

The Rainbow Alliance statement said: “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.”

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Published Jul 13, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated Jul 12, 2013 at 10:27 pm)

Rainbow Alliance praises church stance

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