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Bermuda rules out same-sex marriages

NO CHANGE: Bermuda rules out same-sex marriages

THE GOVERNMENT in Bermuda has ruled out giving the green light to same-sex marriages.

Ministers said earlier this month it proposed to amend the island's Human Rights Act by adding sexual orientation to the list of prohibited categories of discrimination in the areas of the provision of goods, services and accommodation.

Community Development Minister Wayne Scott: "We are not going down the path of an Equalities Act; we are updating the Human Rights Act. Goods, services and accommodation are protected categories under the Human Rights Act."

"I can tell you that same-sex marriage is not on the agenda, it is not being discussed. That is not the intention of amending the Human Rights Act. The Human Rights Act updating is dealing with the provision of goods, services and accommodation which our basic Human Rights Act now covers."

'Good' news

Campaigners welcomed news that the United Kingdom. Parliament had voted overwhelmingly in favour of legislation which would legalise same-sex marriage.

Scott said that the UK example came about as a result of the British government replacing its Human Rights Act with an Equalities Act, which was a "huge piece of legislation".

"That is not something we are doing, we are not looking at amending the Marriage Act in Bermuda. This is an updating of the Human Rights Act.

"The intention of this legislation is not to set the framework for same-gender marriage. That is not something that, as a government, we are looking at doing."

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