Referendum Bill presented tomorrow
The Bermuda Government’s Bill for a referendum on same-sex relationships is due to be brought before MPs tomorrow in the House of Assembly.
The Bill, to be tabled by Michael Dunkley, was announced on Monday when the Premier said that the Government was bound by court precedent to recognise “same-sex couples in a permanent relationship”.
“As such, Government has an obligation to bring the matter of same-sex unions to a resolution,” Mr Dunkley said. “To get the widest possible reach of views from the people, it is the intention of the Government to table a Referendum Bill on the matter later in this legislative session.”
Accordingly, the Referendum (Same Sex Relationships) Act 2016 will be tabled during tomorrow’s session.
It comes after Opposition MPs called for the Government to clarify its position on the issue. Progressive Labour Party MP Wayne Furbert opted to defer his private Bill calling for an amendment to the Matrimonial Causes Act.
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