Log In

Reset Password
BERMUDA | RSS PODCAST

Preserve marriage petition hits 7,000 names

More than 7,000 signatures have now been collected on a petition for marriage to remain defined and upheld as a special union between a man and a woman in Bermuda.

The online initiative opposing same-sex marriage, spearheaded by Concerned Citizens of Bermuda, is claimed by organisers to represent a wide cross-section of the community including “business managers, educators, hospitality workers, pastors and homemakers”.

Members of the Concerned Citizens group presented 6,500 signatures from Bermuda residents to the Bermuda Government in October.

Spokesman Melvyn Bassett said in a statement: “People have falsely accused those who support this petition as being hateful or homophobic — both are far from the truth.

“While we have received a barrage of derogatory comments by some who are in favour of same-sex marriage, we stand united and strong on this issue and we're very encouraged by the overwhelming support we have received from the general public.

“Because of the rapid growth of the signatures, we were accused of having a discreditable website as more than one person can sign the petition from the same computer.

“This feature was intentional to allow the seniors and other sectors of society who may not have internet service the opportunity to sign the online petition.

“Interestingly, we did identify duplicate entries from those who tried to sabotage our website by entering false names such as ‘Bob Marley' or ‘Jesus F Christ' as coming from the same IP address from which the derogatory comments were made. We take the integrity of our data seriously and remain diligent to remove any duplications and all false information.”

The petition states: “We agree that marriage in Bermuda should remain defined and upheld as a special union endorsed by God between a man and a woman. This union recognises and celebrates the natural distinction between a male and female to procreate, to foster moral integrity and to strengthen the family unit and our society. Therefore, we are opposed to same sex marriage in Bermuda.”

The petition can be found at www.preservemarriage.bm

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

Published November 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm (Updated November 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm)

Preserve marriage petition hits 7,000 names

What you
Need to
Know
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