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Premier says same sex marriage will not become law

Premier Craig Cannonier has assured the country that same sex marriage would not be made lawful under his leadership.

At a press conference to update the country on his recent trip to London, the Premier yesterday said he was pleased with the passage of the Human Rights Act amendment on Friday.

Asked about anxiety about the measures leading to same sex marriage, he said: “I can assure you that under my leadership this is not about same sex marriage. That will not happen.”

Finance Minister Bob Richards, who left the Island before last week’s debate concluded, explained that his party had voted against Opposition MP Wayne Furbert’s proposal to preserve the ban against same sex marriage because the changes being debated “had nothing to do with marriage.”

“This Human Rights Act is to do with fundamental inalienable human rights. It’s nothing to do with marriage.

“Anything that would have to be done on same sex marriage would have to be done to the Marriage Act,” he said.

Mr Cannonier was also told about comments made by the Attorney General which many felt were disparaging to the Christian community. He said he had not had an opportunity to see what Mr Pettingill had said or spoken to him about the comments, but said he would give a statement on the controversy.

Premier Craig Cannonier speaks during a press conference yesterday.

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Published June 19, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 19, 2013 at 12:00 am)

Premier says same sex marriage will not become law

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