Rainbow Alliance thankful for the love
The Rainbow Alliance gave thanks to the public for its “love and support” throughout the lead-up to the referendum.
“The Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda would like to acknowledge the outpouring of love and support for the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community in advance of the referendum on marriage equality,” it stated.
“While our position remains that the rights of an oppressed minority should not be voted on by a majority that is not impacted by the outcome, we strongly encourage supporters to nonetheless vote yes/yes in the referendum.
“The results of this referendum are non-binding and no matter how it turns out, we will be grateful for an end to the divisive and often hurtful campaigning that this exercise has inspired. Regardless of the results, the Rainbow Alliance of Bermuda will remain committed to creating safer spaces and advocating for equity for the LGBTQ community.
“Our approach towards justice has always been one of intersectionality (tackling interlinked systems of oppression) and love. We hope that following this referendum, the significant amount of resources and energy that have been dedicated towards campaigning can be redeployed towards the many issues that are currently devastating our community.”
The Rainbow Alliance released its statement shortly after 10am. The Royal Gazette delayed publishing any releases from campaigners while voting took place between 8am and 8pm.