BERMUDA: Voters Reject Same-Sex Marriage

The Royal Gazette reports:

Bermudians overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriages and civil unions by a greater than two-to-one margin in the referendum yesterday. However, the total number of votes cast was 20,804, or 46.89 per cent of the electorates, which is below the 50 per cent requirement to make the referendum valid.

The final count, at around 4am today, showed that 69 per cent of those who voted, or 14,192 people, opposed same-sex marriage, with 6,514 voting in favour.

Meanwhile, 63 per cent voted against civil unions in the second question. There was some joy for the “Yes, Yes” camp in that Region 4 and Region 7 — the polling stations at Botanical Gardens and Dellwood Middle School — voted in favour of civil unions, while another two were defeated by the closest of margins.

A total of 44,367 Bermudians were registered to vote in the referendum, however, the two questions would be deemed to be “answered” only with a voter turnout of 50 per cent or more. Representatives from Vote No Twice and Preserve Marriage were not available for comment last night as the results were being reported.

The referendum was non-binding but the government had said it would be “guided” by the will the people. Preserve Marriage is affiliated with the US-based Alliance Defending Freedom and their referendum materials cited anti-LGBT activists Ryan Anderson and Mark Regnerus. Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory.

  • Michael Rush

    Trump , Brexit , gay marriage , maybe voting isn’t working anymore .

    • Todd20036

      Basic civil rights should never be subject to a vote.
      And Trump didn’t win yet.

      Brexit is going to hurt Britain. It may cost them Scotland.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        Well, he won the GOP primary. Which until it actually happened would have been unthinkable.

        • Todd20036

          He didn’t. He won the GOTP primary. Big difference.

          • That_Looks_Delicious

            You know that GOTP is just something people say on the internet and it doesn’t really exist, right? For better or worse, the tea partiers are firmly entrenched in the Republican party, which is the party that really does exist.

          • ceeenbee

            But many rank and file republicans will be sitting at home doing their hair,, come November, instead of voting for drumpf. There is a fracture and it will only deepen.

    • Bad Tom

      If you can convince the electorate of things which are not true, yep, voting is broken.

    • Rex

      Voters are often too ignorant of what they’re voting on to make a proper choice. Explains Trump’s love of the poorly educated.

      • Michael Rush

        No one factored in willful ignorance when they came up with the original plan .

      • tristram

        I hate to say it, but it seems like you guys are quoting directly from Andrew Sullivan’s article in NY Mag –

      • Paul

        There’s already cases of people who voted to Leave the EU only because they didn’t think it would pass.

        • Those people are called idiots. And it should be done to their faces.

    • StillALiberal

      “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.…”
      Winston Churchill, House of Commons, 11 Nov 1947.

      • Michael Rush

        My only solution is to eliminate the deeply ” religious ” and conspiracy theorists from voting .
        It might improve things just enough .

        • ByeByeIdiots

          I support that! Because that would mean end of the Democratic Party and their loonies…

          • Michael Rush

            You might be the only person your
            comments make sense to .

          • Chucktech

            You misspelled “Republican Party.”

          • Max_1

            Oh for fuck’s sake… and I don’t have many left to give…
            Another DICK-US user that can’t be blocked OR linked back to user page, private or not.

    • drtrmiller


  • Rex

    Thanks Radical Christian Terrorists.

    • Todd20036

      … that are free to be heavily armed in the US.

  • DaddyRay

    How much longer before Global Sea Level Rise takes care of this

    • MBear

      makes me less guilty for my carbon footprint.

    • Treant
    • canoebum

      The problem with that is, sea level rise sufficient to adversely effect Bermuda will also cause Key West to disappear, and large parts of Long Island, including Fire Island. Take your pick.

  • Bad Tom

    “Preserving Marriage == Preserving Bermuda”

    Opponents of marriage equality STILL haven’t articulated how excluding people from marriage saves it.

  • j.martindale

    Time to change all your travel arrangements. Argentina and the Yucatan might be nice places to visit.

    • TuuxKabin

      The Yucatan’s close and still a safe destination in Mexico. Merida, Valladolid, Chetumal within easy day trips to Maya ruins. Cenotes to swim in. Lovely native people, still rich with culture, art, cuisine and shaman practices make it an engaging visit. Cancun if you like overdeveloped beach resort, don’t want to hear a word of Spanish or change your US$. Most coastal areas wall to wall condos and development tho, can be a drawback.

      • joeyj1220

        Oaxaca is beautiful!! If someone wants resort area yet local flavor, check out Huatulco.

        • TuuxKabin

          Hmmm, went there at the prompting of the Aeromexico reservationist. Disappointed at how built up it was. But, further north, Puerto San Angel was a true, untouched fishing village. Ideal. Huatulco not so much.

          • joeyj1220

            interesting… not my experience. I knew little to nothing about it when we booked. Still, I love Mexico so much and am willing to try anything

          • TuuxKabin

            I’m with you on that. We went in . . . late 90’s when it was newly re-developed by the Ministry of Tourism and Development, so we may have come upon the newness of it all, which was rather barren, newly planted vegetation struggling to survive. If they survived I imagine it’d be very lush now .

        • MB
      • jayjonson

        Isn’t the Yucatan still fighting marriage equality?

        • TuuxKabin

          Tolerance of sexual diversity in certain indigenous cultures is widespread, especially among Isthmus Zapotecs[3] and Yucatán Mayas.

          Neighboring Yucatan state, Quintana Roo has legalized SSM.

          Mexico’s Supreme Court legalized SSM last month. “While this does not mean all states must now legalize gay marriage, it does set a jurisprudential precedent. Any gay couple denied marriage in their home state may now seek an injunction from a judge, who will in turn be obliged to grant it.”

          • Luis De California

            While it’s true anyone anywhere can file for an injunction it takes months and costs thousands of pesos.

            Unlike the rest, Yucatan has a constitutional ban upheld by their state Supreme Court. It’s going to be harder to get rid of than other states. Mexico’s Supreme Court is reviewing it, but I heard it’s not going to be as easy as the rest.

          • TuuxKabin

            Thank you for that Luis. I’m going to check with a friend, American now Mexican citizen, and his Mexican born boyfriend who want to get married. They’ll need all the information they can get. Saludos.

          • TuuxKabin

            edit to my reply. Can couples marry in another state and have their marriage recognized in Yucatan? De nuevo mucho gracias.

          • Luis De California

            Yes. Mexican marriages are recognized on Federal and state levels, but not all the benefits are available so it’s like a Swiss cheese contract. The actual act of getting married is the annoying part since only 10 grant licenses without a problem.

          • TuuxKabin

            Thank you Luis. I sent the information you provided. His response was they are planning to marry, probably in CDMX as other couples do, then return to Merida. Thank you for the additional information, I’ll let him know that. All the best.

    • canoebum

      At the risk of repeating myself, Colombia, which has marriage equality, is the same distance from New York as is Las Vegas, NV. You can get a non-stop from JFK to Cartagena and be there in 5 hours.

      • Gene

        2 and a half hours from Atlanta..
        but, while Cartagena is nice, its Bogota that is the jewel,the whole nation is so beautiful, and so friendly. I went with the disabled husband and EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE was so helpful..he could not lift his leg to get on a high train step, thee men we did not know just joined in to help me lift him. there was a high step up to a restaurant, two pretty young girls put a hand under each armpit and lifted him up. that happened, over and over and over…he is on his cane, looking tired, and people start pushing him TOWARDS the FRONT of the line for water or ice cream.
        I honestly can say that of the 62 nations and territories we have visited, it was the friendliest one, and despite its reputation, I never felt anything but safe.

    • Luis De California

      If a lack of unions is a game changer for you then you should know that Yucatan is the only Mexican state that still has a constitutional ban against same-sex marriage that was put there a few years ago. While the rest of the Mexican states relent or will have their statutory bans struck down more easily, Yucatan will be tricky.

  • TuuxKabin

    Combination of activist LGBTQ community and allies boycotting, depressed incomes limiting it from a vacation spot and being a British Overseas Territory, doesn’t bode well for their economy. Throw in rising seas for good measure.

  • MBear

    fuck ’em

  • Just Another Tranny

    The will of the mob, great call, when has that ever gone wrong?

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Their entire country may very well dissappear underwater during this century, and this is what’s important to them?

    • johncAtl

      No need to wait for climate change. One direct hit from a category five hurricane and that island will be wiped clean.

  • JT
    • Todd20036

      He’s adorable!

    • TuuxKabin

      Geographically it’s 600 miles east of Hatteras, too far north to be in the Caribbean, but the hate’s there. =:~)

      • JT

        Right you are. It’s interesting that the former British colonies in the larger region are so full of anti-gay hatred while Puerto Rico is different.

        • TuuxKabin

          “former British colonies”, says it all.

        • Max_1

          keeps the slaves in control.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    Never underestimate the combination of religion, hate and ignorance. It is a powerful and toxic mixture.

  • Blake Jordan

    This has been a horrible two weeks starting with an absolutely horrific event (for LGBT+s)…

  • Treant

    It’s a lovely place. Been there, done that, and now I won’t ever return.

  • DaddyRay

    The Bermuda Triangle claims another victim: Equality

  • Bermuda is boring and overrated. And now they’ll not see another cent of my money.

  • Ninja0980

    Husband and I have never been to Bermuda and because of stuff like this, never will.

    • Blake Mason

      I totally understand. I live there.

  • Todd

    I will never wear their shorts again ….idiots.

  • Stev84

    Nothing good ever comes from being both uneducated and extremely religious

  • oikos

    Rights should never be voted on and Bermuda has been added to my flyover list.

  • Blake Mason

    I live here. The government is not mandated by this referendum. They now need to make a decision either to continue with the status quo or put in place a legal mechanism to same-sex couple to be recognized. If they do nothing there will be case after case after case of ruling for ss couples. It will go to the highest courts, which the government admits it is likely not to rule in favor of the status quo.

    Don’t drown me yet fellas. aye!

    • Hue-Man

      The camel’s nose is already in the tent! From November, 2015:

      “The Supreme Court has ruled that those in same-sex partnerships with
      Bermudians should have the same rights to reside and seek employment as
      spouses of Bermudians.”

      • Luis De California

        The Court also ruled that adoptions should be open to everyone.

        The Chief Justice blasted the referendum, but still let it go ahead (probably because it was non-binding), and he smelled a rat so he ordered the Government to move the polling places from churches to public facilities.

    • Max_1

      Then I support LGBT couples in Bermuda lining up to get married and challenge the status quo to finally bend to accommodate full marriage Rights. Shit, somebody got to get that snowball rolling…

  • MB

    Another example of an ignorant fear-based minority determining the rights of the majority.

  • Sean

    This is the possibility of what happens when you allow people to vote on controlling a part of your live against your free will. They that have no say in where you live, they have no say in what you wear or eat, 7 they do not pay YOUR bills but you willingly allow them to have a say in who you can or cannot marry and how to to form YOUR family. Don;t be surprised when they start interfering in the rest of your life against your free will turning you into their property.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Unfortunate, but not entirely a surprise. The conservative/religious crowd did what it always does, whipped up homophobia and used dubious (to say the least) arguments. Hate wins again…….sad.

  • BeaverTales

    #1 -80% of Bermuda’s population is Christian, 20% are “Nones”

    #2 -Bermuda church hosts members of US-based ‘ex-gay’ ministry

    #3 -[Bermuda] Church leaders seek freedom to discriminate against homosexuals on religious grounds

    I think there’s your explanation right there. Thank our American ex-gay friends and their religious bullshit for this.

  • MB

    How soon will Brian Brown take credit for this and turn this into another NOM money-beg ?? 5-4-3-2-1……………….

    • Max_1

      I’ll suggest flying him over that triangle area and hope… NO, PRAY he’s kept safe (since praying never really works at keeping people safe).

  • delk

    Dear Bermuda,

    Flush the toilet and pay attention. That is the sound of tourism money.

    Yours truly,

    Enlightened Travelers

  • Gigi

    Guess where I won’t be going on holiday.

  • doninkansas

    To those of you saying that you will not or no longer visit Beemuda, send off a little note to their tourism department telling them why. And if you have an idea of how much money you would have spent while there, just casually mention that this dollars will be spent elsewhere, were you feel welcome and safe. Don’t be angry or threatening or insulting, just matter of fact spell out you are gay or bi or lesbian or trans or whatever and you don’t feel safe or welcome there. And finish by reminding them that you and you money and will go elsewhere. I have noticed that in 95 out of 100 cases, money trumps morals around the world.

    • TuuxKabin

      1-800-bermuda – 1-800-237-6932. Couldn’t find their email address.

    • allies shouldn’t feel safe either, just sayin. remember there are always a few cases of bashing and hatred misdirected a straight people who don’t conform to some haters’ ideal. our allies shouldn’t go and they should do what you say, as well.

      • Max_1

        True allies won’t support the hate directed at their allies…
        … Instead, they join forces to BOYCOTT BERMUDA!

    • Blake Mason

      They appear to be removing reactions to the referendum.

  • Baltimatt

    What’s that “Preserving Marriage” sign supposed to mean? This wasn’t about abolishing marriage.

    • Goodboy

      It’s right out of the NOM playbook. Preserving the sanctity of Marrioge BS.

    • billbear1961

      But our being “in the club” DESTROYS it!

      Didn’t you know that, Matt??

  • Blake Mason
  • Raising_Rlyeh

    I guess three cheers for low voter turnout?

  • NMNative

    Strike another country off the list of places where I’ll spend my money.

  • Blake Mason

    There is some concern that Cuba will siphon away a few tourist dollars away from Bermuda. Please make it a reality.

  • it’s nice to live in a big world with many tourist choices. knock yourselves out, Bermuda. b/w global climate change and a host of other friendly beach locations to choose from, i won’t miss you.

  • Jack M.

    Well, that’s a crappy outcome, but it is worth remembering that not very long ago, nearly every American state was at about the same level of opposition. Hawaii’s 1998 vote and Nevada’s votes in 2000 and 2002 were 69-70% but both would pass SSM if they were voting on it today. Bermudans can win just like we did if they fight for it. Also, I wonder if this result wasn’t skewed somewhat by the knowledge that if there was less than 50% votes cast, the referendum would fail. This is like the Slovakia vote, where the pro-equality side urged people to simply not vote to ensure that the referendum would fail. It worked, but obviously the votes actually cast were skewed against SSM.

    • StraightGrandmother

      I agree. It’s a loss, they will have to keep fighting.

  • rextrek1

    well Bermuda- guess you don’t want nor need my tourism money …….Phuk off

    • Blake Mason

      They removed your comment… fuckers.

  • Mark

    b-bye gay tourist dollars….b-bye!

  • billbear1961
  • CCleverly

    Bermuda… the fly-over vacation.

  • Blake Mason

    Bermuda Tourism Facebook page:

  • saucetin

    If the Bermuda Triangle isn’t Pink, will we go?

  • JCF
    • Max_1

      Be free… lose both!!!

  • StraightGrandmother

    The Caribbean is so hard, so much hatred there.

  • 1Truth1

    Another backwards territory that thinks it’s ok to vote on someone else civil rights. Pathetic.

  • DonnaLee

    Congratulations on losing way more of your tourist industry.

  • Mariaeeaves1
  • truthy

    Straight Supremacy is very real – popular vote is never the way to improve civil rights – far too much stupid in the world. The founding fathers of American Democracy knew a system was needed to minimize the impact of the masses – and to legislate against their goals.