Log In

Reset Password

Human rights — a human obligation

It has been a long time coming, but at last sexual orientation has been added to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.

Now the Island has, in this regard at least, moved into the 21st century. It is a mature decision and the MPs need to be congratulated — although it has to be noted that the vote was only 18 to 14 in favour.

As the newspaper has written before in this column, it was never really about gay rights, it was always about human rights and the need for people, whatever their faith, sexual orientation, age or race, to be treated as equals. In other words, it is not so much human rights as human obligations.

We have come a long way since the dark ages of 2006 when former PLP MP Renee Webb’s attempt to stop discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation was met with silence in the House of Assembly.

The vote last Friday is just the start of the process. Clearly, from comments made by church leaders, those left on the blogs and opinions expressed in the Letters to the Editor, there is a split in opinion throughout the Country on this issue.

As a country, it is time to follow our elected leaders and preach — and practice — greater tolerance, not just to those of a different sexual orientation, but to everyone.

In many respects, Bermuda is way ahead of much of the rest of the world — but in some respects it has lagged behind what would be considered normal for a truly developed country.

Friday was a step in the right direction, but there is still some way to go before Bermuda can consider itself a truly tolerant and inclusive society.

* Want take issue with this — or agree with it? Follow me on Twitter and tell me in 140 characters what you think. https://twitter.com/jeremydeacon1

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published June 18, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 17, 2013 at 5:17 pm)

Human rights — a human obligation

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon