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Nova’s message: Love wins

A Bermuda singer says her new song was inspired by the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

Heather Nova said she was proud of the decision made by Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons in early May that paved the way for Bermudian Winston Godwin and Canadian Greg DeRoche to marry.

The couple wed in Toronto shortly after.

“It's an important and positive step forward, and it shows the world we are a progressive, tolerant and compassionate country,” Ms Nova said.

Her new song, titled Love Wins, had a simple message.

“All people deserve the same rights and that no one should be discriminated against or denied the opportunity to love who they choose,” she said.

“It's simply about love and inclusion.”

In May, a poll commissioned by The Royal Gazette found that Bermudians remained marginally against same-sex marriage.

Forty-eight per cent of registered voters said they were in opposition, with forty-four per cent in favour.

Eight per cent said they were undecided, according the survey conducted by Global Research.

Ms Nova said that she hoped those opposed to gay marriage would be able to see the issue differently in time.

“We have such a wonderful country, and it would be a shame to mar that with discrimination,” she said.

The song — posted online last week — has had a “very positive response”, Ms Nova said.

Ms Nova said she was inspired by the “tireless campaigning” of people including Tony Brannon, and lawyers Mark Pettingill and Rod Attride-Stirling.

The “Love Wins” slogan was also an inspiration, she said.

“It almost seems strange for anyone to have to say that,” Ms Nova said.

“What could possibly win against love?”

Heather Nova

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Published July 20, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated July 19, 2017 at 11:55 pm)

Nova’s message: Love wins

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