BERMUDA: Parliament Repeals Same-Sex Marriage, Governor Gets Bill, Tourism Authority Raises Alarm

Minutes ago the Bermuda Senate voted 8-3 to repeal same-sex marriage and replace it with domestic partnerships. Last week the Bermuda House approved the bill in a 24-10 vote. The bill now goes to the governor and if he signs it, Bermuda will become the second place in the world where same-sex marriage was repealed after having been legal. The first place was California.

In June 2016, Bermudan voters overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriage by a 2-1 margin in a non-binding public referendum. The opposition had been rallied with the support of US hate groups including the Alliance Defending Freedom, which provided materials featuring quotes from anti-LGBT activists Ryan T. Anderson and Mark Regnerus.

However in May 2017, the Bermudan High Court ruled in favor of a gay man who challenged the ban on same-sex marriage, arguing that Human Rights Act guaranteed his right to marry his Canadian boyfriend. (Their photo is above.) Marriages conducted since that ruling will reportedly remain intact if the governor signs the bill.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority expressed great concern in a statement issued before the Senate vote:

“Since last Friday’s vote, we have seen ample evidence of negative international headlines and growing social-media hostility towards Bermuda that we feel compelled to express our concern about what the negative consequences could be for tourism if the Domestic Partnership Bill passes the Senate this week. We believe the Bill poses an unnecessary threat to the success of our tourism industry.

“We urge you to vote no and appreciate the opportunity to lay out the reasons why. Importantly, we do not view domestic partnerships as a negative in isolation. In fact many jurisdictions permit domestic partnerships without adverse impacts on their economies.

“The circumstance in Bermuda is different — and troubling — in one important way: same-sex marriage is already the law of our island and to roll that back for what will be seen as a less equal union will cause us serious reputational damage. We are convinced it will result in lost tourism business for Bermuda.”

Bermuda is one of 14 British Overseas Territories and seven, for now, have legalized same-sex marriage. Following the High Court ruling in June, Bermuda-flagged cruise lines began offering marriages at sea.

  • Boreal

    Boycott Bermuda.

    • WitlessProtection

      Yes because that works so well for the “christians”. I think we can make a bigger impact by just letting our displeasure be known and our allies doing the same. Boycotts are so gross because of who usually screams for them first.

      • Goodboy

        Coors comes to mind and how they eventually came back on their knees begging about how much they changed. Christians only make a companies stock go up when they boycott.

        It’s gays and their supporters who have the disposable income.

        • WitlessProtection

          Lol,this is true.

        • killreligion

          Right, those christians have to save up for the monthly trailer payment

      • Boreal

        Boycotts are much more successful by progressives. Grab your wallet has been very successful at getting companies to stop carrying trumpanzee merchandise by raising public awareness.

    • bkmn

      Bermuda and Jamaica

      • Boreal

        I would never go to Jamaica under any circumstances.

      • Paula

        Bermuda and Jamaica have never been on my list of places to visit.

      • tristram

        Bermuda is a quick, easy (and sometimes cheap) flight from Boston, and (when the weather is right, which isn’t assured) it provides a wonderful relief from winter in New England. I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy that respite several times, but if this bill is signed, I’ll stick to Florida for winter breaks.

        • HappyDance904

          Mickey and we love you! Welcome to Floriduh!!

        • killreligion

          Ha! This is why our diverse humanity is valued. See above. Not only would I not go to Bermuda I only go to Florida, which is worse than a trip to LA unbelievably, kicking and screaming for a meeting that was some manchilds idea of a good place to have a meeting

          Sadly it happens every year or so. More room for you I guess, enjoy!

          (As for cheap flights Europe from Boston consistently around $500 so it’s hard to waste valuable vacation days on strip mall and child bearing filled places)

      • HappyDance904

        I have been to Jamaica three times, and each and every time my husband and I go, the MEN there see our rings and they say “WELCOME!! You are always welcome to Jamaica, no matter what you hear in the news!!” I love Falmouth! I will support them always! I was brought to tears by that…

        • Jon Simon

          Seriously, you need counselling. If one of you got sick you will find out that you have no rights.

          • HappyDance904

            Jon, I have just as many rights as the next idiot….I am LEGALLY married….I have all the rights and benefits afforded..stop being bitter and celebrate life!!

          • Jon Simon

            Are you deluded? You are NOT married in any country that doesn’t recognise gay marriage including Jamaica. The minute you step on their soil, equal rights are gone. Plenty of Carribean islands that do recognise us, but I suspect you will havemto learn the hard way despite google.

          • HappyDance904

            I have been to Jamaica many times and have never had a problem. In fact, the people saw our rings and told us we were welcome there as much as anyone else. I don’t buy into the whole self-loathing act you have going on.

          • Jon Simon

            You are a nut. NOT wanting to go to homophic countries who openly persecute gay people makes me self-loathing? Seriously, do you have a job? You have no basic logic- let alone philisophical skills.

          • HappyDance904

            Whether or not I have a job has nothing to do with anything! You are just an idiot trying to troll and I am not letting you get under my skin. Carry on with your sad life, and I will continue being just fine. Maybe you could come out of your nutshell and try living for once!

          • Jon Simon

            Warning gay people not to go to countries that actively persecute gay people is trolling, Got it. PS, it’s not nut shell it’s shell. Clearly you’re not only wilfully ignorant, but actually thick as two short planks (a correct metaphor). Good luck, I truly pity your partner who is either as thick as you, or *gasp^, maybe you’re the brains in the family.

          • HappyDance904

            And, actually, there was an incident before we got legally married…I had to have a trach and I was on life support…my “not husband” at the time was allowed to sign for me because I had a document drawn up and they accepted it with the hospital lawyers….it’s not as bad as you make it to be…

      • Librarykid

        Let the fucking savages starve.

    • Hard to do when I’ll never go there anyway.

      • Dramphooey

        You can help by never wearing their shorts again.

          • liondon#iamnotatraitor

            This is what Trump looks like without the suit.

          • vorpal

            O_o

            That HAS to be a photoshop job.
            Right?
            RIGHT???

          • Todd20036

            Even if it is, she’s still morbidly obese and the food on her plate isn’t exactly fruit and vegetables

          • Librarykid

            Praying it is.

          • HappyDance904

            AAAAANNNNNNNDDDD I bet she would vote Rethuglican in Alabama had she had her tater salad eatin’ ass living there!!

        • RaygunsGoZap

          Also, no more limbo dancing

          • bsinps

            I couldn’t do it now anymore my body doesn’t bend that way anymore 😁😁😁

  • PeteLI

    I’ve always wanted to go to Bermuda. Forget it now.

    • TK

      Me too – and now, forget it. Ignorance and discrimination doesn’t get my tourist dollars.

    • Treant

      It’s very nice, but it is a tourist trap since that’s mostly what they do.

      It’s not nice enough to tolerate this action. There are plenty of places in the US that are just as pleasant and you don’t get unmarried when the plane lands.

      • vorpal

        Hawaii. 🌴🏖️🌊
        My favourite place in the whole world is Hilo.

        • RaygunsGoZap

          Check out Fiji, the Australian Hawaii. I love it so much

          • liondon#iamnotatraitor

            Met a woman from Australia who called it the “poor mans Hawaii”… I told her not true for Americans.. too expensive to fly there compared to Honolulu.

          • peacfulseas inWA

            Inexpensive to fly there but not so inexpensive once there and the native population not so thrilled and why I prefer SE Asia. Long flight but can be broken up a stay in Taipei or Bangkok. I can stay and eat high on the hog as they say. If ever in Phuket I recommend Boathouse Wine and Grill in Kata Rock Beach. 2steps from tables to shoreline. Thai massage on the beach.Lovely wines.

          • vorpal

            Hubby went to the fruit and veg market today and got all of this for less than $14.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a14a0bebefe4de3620c0294849490fd468f1ee554ccfa29039a983a40f1c7df5.jpg

          • peacfulseas inWA

            You’re in Chile where a good portion of our fruits and veggies are imported from.No? I do not cook while vacationing but do go to our Farmers Market here several times a week,go down to the docks for most any fresh seafood in season, just like my Italian grandma in Italy.

          • vorpal

            Yup! In Chile here. In particular, we export Pink Lady / Cripps Pink apples, which I think are only grown in a few places, like here and Australia. If you haven’t had them, I highly recommend trying them. They are delicious and I didn’t even realize I enjoyed apples (what with those vile red delicious tasteless garbage) until I bought one on a whim back when I was still in Canada.

          • killreligion

            Makes sense but those really long flights require flat bed seating making it very expensive unless using miles. I don’t see how people do 12+ hours in the sardine section-its unhealthy

            Some day I’ll splurge , people like you that have been always rave about it

          • peacfulseas inWA

            Thousand’s of people make these flights daily and yes I agree that it is not a healthy environment no matter where you are seated. I am especially aware because I am on hrt and could be susceptible to blood clots. No need for flatbed seating as long as get up and move around to stir the juices. I’m also able to sleep well in flight and to fly business and 1st.

          • RaygunsGoZap

            It was very expensive all told but worth every cent.

          • vorpal

            Hawaii is just insanely expensive in terms of cost of living.
            We could barely afford to eat well there, since bread is about $5-7 / loaf, for example.

            Here in Chile our rent, car rental (fancy blue diplomatic plates), insurance, internet, gas, electricity, water, phone, and pool membership for a large four bedroom house with a good sized yard are less than $1200 / month.

          • vorpal

            I think I would adore going to Fiji. If we ever move back to Hawaii, which was the plan (and then Trump happened), it’ll be near the top of places to visit.

        • HaHaHa

          Went to Kauai last year, it was gorgeous. Going to St. Thomas in a month, can’t wait.

          • vorpal

            Kauai is spectacular. Polihale State Park is also one of my favourite places. I was also vastly amused by the fact that you can’t walk ten feet in Kauai without stumbling across wild jungle fowl. They are everywhere!

            I hope you enjoy St. Thomas. I’d love to go to the Virgin Islands sometime.

    • peacfulseas inWA

      We’ve been a few times mostly while on a cruise. It is nice but it is a tourist trap and I never felt completely safe and comfortable on extended stays. This is their prime income and I have heard the same from some people who have gone to Thailand not realizing this a living for the islanders. They fell pressured but I’ve always said that is on them not the native population. People need to get away from the popular cites/ tourist attractions and actually explore and see what life is really like in some of these places.

      • specialcircumstances

        when I visited it was hinted by several islanders that they disliked the cruise tourists. Basically, cruise ship tourists don’t really spend money. Gonna skip a return trip though…

        • peacfulseas inWA

          Very true.

        • peacfulseas inWA

          My sister used to live in Orlando- Tampa and she hated WDW. I am a big fan of the Parks and go often but stopped visiting her or letting her know we were there. Couldn’t take the bitching about the tourist of which I was one.

    • vorpal

      Similar. I love the Caribbean and have always wanted to go to Bermuda. There’s no way in hell now that I would go.

      I’ve had friends three times now try to get me to travel to Jamaica with them as well. You couldn’t pay me enough to go to Jamaica, with the rampant homophobia and the government and police not only turning a blind eye to LGBT people being murdered, but probably also complicit in it.

      • Chris Gardner

        Visit Cuba. Friendly people, cheap prices, and gorgeous gay and bi men.

        • Todd20036

          Can’t. Illegal.

      • Infinite Jester

        I’m not going to completely trust my recall of World Regional Geography from college, but I think Bermuda is technically not part of the Caribbean. It’s about 1,000 miles north of Havana. I want to say it’s actually North or Mid Atlantic. And there’s something about the Sargasso Sea (because I’ve loved that name since a kid) rattling around in my brain, too.

        • vorpal

          You’re right, according to Wikipedia. It’s an associate member of the Caribbean community, while not technically being geographically part of the Caribbean!

          Thanks for the info. I always enjoy learning new things, especially when I’m operating under false assumptions. (Genuinely meant.)

          • Infinite Jester

            And it was genuinely meant in the spirit of an FYI/trivia thing. My mind is full of relatively useless crap like that, so why shouldn’t everyone else’s be (LOL)? And as Auntie Mame taught us (or at least Mr. Babcock): Knowledge is Power!

            Something tells me you seldom operate under false assumptions, btw. Your comments certainly seem to indicate that. I always enjoy them.

            Much like you, I used to think Bermuda was in the Caribbean, and did so for many years. It was a warm island where people from the East Coast and Midwest who could afford it vacationed, and periodically was in the news during hurricane season, so I just assumed that it was there. Thanks, poor childhood educational system! And thanks, postsecondary education, for teaching me otherwise (although I certainly didn’t let on that I wasn’t aware of that fact once I learned otherwise).

            While you’ve often mentioned how much you enjoy living in Chile, is that one of those things where you got lucky, or is the entire country in general a nice place? Would you recommend any particular places for vacations, especially for the mobility-challenged? How about any places in particular to actually move to?

            EDITED because I can’t stand looking at my own grammatical mistakes.

          • vorpal

            I’m delighted to hear new interesting facts and tidbits, and exactly as you said, I hate the thought of operating under false pretences / misinformation, so I appreciate it when someone corrects me. As a mathematician, I like preciseness and correctness, so I view it as a gift when someone helps me fix a misconception. Some people are so sensitive about it, though, which always amazes me.

            Thanks for the kind words!

            Regarding Chile: I’ve lived in a few parts of Canada, and a few places in the US, and of all the places I’ve been, after Hawaii, Chile is by far my favourite. Of course, the climate range here is very diverse, given the length of the country, and some parts are better than others, but there is a lot of beauty here and some really fascinating things to see.

            The area I live in is considered one of the nicest parts of Chile. It’s a city called La Serena, and is one of the vacation hotspots here. You just mention it and Chileans light up and express their envy, as it’s really very scenic and temperate, and right on the Pacific. During the winter months, we get tons of Argentinians coming here, and during the rest of the year, lots of people from different parts of Chile visiting.

            In terns of being mobility challenged, I think it might pose a few problems, although things are getting better on the whole and I’m sure you could manage almost everywhere here and in Santiago. If you were going to move here, I would definitely recommend La Serena… it’s beautiful all year round, with sunny blue skies almost every day. The earthquakes sometimes are a bit much for the skittish, but most people aren’t bothered by them, and I actually am very fond of them.

    • specialcircumstances

      I went like 1-2 week after “tourist season” a couple years ago and it was great, but there’s plenty of similar places I’d now rather spend my money.

    • Goodboy
  • Guess

    I prefer triangles that are upside down and pink.

  • Boreal

    The tourist industry, which accounts for an estimated 28% of GDP, attracts 84% of its business from North America.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      Not no more !

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    The Pyrates have returned to the Carribean. Uncivilized barbarians, at war with the civilized world.

    /yes, I bought some eggnog. And I’m mixing it with rum. 🙂 Singing: Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest. Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!

    • JackFknTwist
      • Karl Dubhe 2

        You know the areoaoa mowhta'[o and then I was told raohaelthaosgihaeoihanb ngoaih aeroghargoh adfobih ighar ogidfbnzlkbn oidfnb

        Ftink2

        • JackFknTwist

          Exactly !

          ……but I was very, very drunk !

    • MT YVR

      He’s not dead, he’s asleep. For the last time, Karl.

      Also… number 14 is having trouble with his … um… turn. Someone needs to run out to get goats singing, it’s the only thing that helps push him over the edge.

      Also. RUM. Hi. (perky smile for juuuuust a little too long)

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        Arr, matey. I knows he’s dead, because I’m the one who severed his spleen. With a sppooon.

        • Dramphooey

          He’s pining for the fjords.

  • Lazycrockett

    Evangelist from the mainland has been visiting I bet.

    • Gustav2

      Religious Beliefs and Spirituality in Bermuda. [pic1Majority of the population of Bermuda practices Christianity. The Anglican Church remains the strongest with 23% (in 1970 it was 45%), followed by the Roman Catholic Church at 15%, then African Methodist Episcopal at 11%, and Seventh Day Adventist at 7%. Other religious denominations in the country include Methodist, Baptist, Christian Science, Jehova’s Witnesses, Buddhism, Judaism, Scottish and Canadian Presbyterianism.

      In the last decades, there has been a significant shift in the Bermudians faith from old guard religious sects to the more charismatic evangelical churches. Church congregations in Bermuda are also quite active especially in communities. Because of this, church leaders have strong influences and roles in the Bermudian culture. There are plenty of churches tourists can see and visit while roaming around the islands. One can check the Saturday newspaper for church services available in the country.

      http://www.studycountry.com/guide/BM-religion.htm

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Well fuck that ! You are going the wrong way Bermuda.

  • GanymedeRenard

    So disappointing. 🙁

    Edit to add: and I hope a certain triangle swallows the haters.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    It’s time for Boyz & Booze !

    Happy Hour calls……………………

    • Boreal
      • vorpal

        Here it’s Tarapaca Gran Reserva 2014 Carmenère.
        I love the fact that here in Chile, I can get an amazing bottle of wine for less than $10 that would cost probably $30+ in the US or Canada.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e62c001d9d8b1ca6cf444c26fd516da08e4e0829e0ac526f744c2153d845a007.jpg

        • Boreal

          Italy was like that as well. In Agrigento, I could get bottle of wine that would be $20-30 bucks in the US for $5. I wish I could have brought it all home with me.

          • olandp

            The California sparkling wines used to be very reasonable. I would buy cases of Roederer Estate for $14.95 a bottle… alas…

          • vorpal

            I miss Europe so much… I visited the Netherlands, France (my least favourite), Italy, and Spain over the last couple years and it was a delight. Such great food and drink, so much history, and just a lot of fun.

            I would move to the Netherlands in a heartbeat if they didn’t have such brutal winters with incredibly short days.

            Here where I live in Chile, it is sunny almost all the time: it’s a wet year if we see two inches of rain, and even a small rainstorm essentially shuts the city down. The temperature ranges throughout the year from about 45F – 75F (8C – 24C). After having grown up in Canada (-15F – 105F / -25C – 40C) and suffering through bad bouts of seasonal affective disorder and hayfever for far too long, being here with the Pacific minutes away from me stretching out to the west and the Andes stretching out to the east is a dream come true.

          • kiprian

            I was thinking of visiting for the next solar eclipse. How’s the weather in July?

      • Joe in PA

        Nice nails doll. Ahem.

    • Treant

      Call me when it’s time for Hairy Hunks and…whatever booze starts with H. Heineken comes to mind, but I loathe beer.

      • MT YVR

        Hairy Hunks and the Hurricanes.

        • Mark

          Hennessey….

          • MT YVR

            I suuuupose.

            I just like Hurricanes comin’ ashore on the Hairy Hunks… whatnow? JESUS I canNOT brain today. What were we saying?

          • Treant

            I think we were talking about hairy guys and Fleet Week or something.

    • clay

      Underwear Night, or, as appropriate for the weather, Unionsuit Night.

  • Treant

    Treant and millions of others refuse to ever visit again. Bermuda, you were fun. But you weren’t fun enough for me to be unmarried as soon as we set foot on your shores.

    There are other options.

    • Hank

      Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten all Dutch countries!

      • BearEyes

        Been to all 3 and would go back – especially Aruba and Sint Maarten

    • Goodboy

      Kind of ironic that black people want to treat a minority as second class citizens. I guess history teaches some nothing.

      • Librarykid

        They would not give a fuck if they were not poisoned by religion.

  • Benji

    Boycott Bermuda, put anti-gay orgs. on the no fly list!

  • Hank

    Bermuda has a population of 65,000. What difference could it possibly make to the majority if the few gays have SSM or not???

    BOYCOTT BERMUDA

    • TK

      It should be posted on every gay travel website. Stay away and let their tourist industry suffer. Maybe they can swoon the evangelicals to come instead.

      • Librarykid

        Oh, wouldn’t that be a fun-loving, free spending group!

  • Lazycrockett
    • Boreal

      I love our attorney general. He is a badass and trump slayer.

      • canoebum

        And I hope our next Governor.

    • bkmn

      Eric Schneiderman has done a lot to make the country a better place.

  • DisqusD37

    Crossing this destination off my list.

    • Mark

      I just went to the board’s website and hit their email button to write them. It was returned as undeliverable. It was their OWN freaking website for god sake. Losers!

      • edrex

        different work ethic.

  • another_steve

    If the bill is signed into law, tell everyone you know – queer and straight – that Bermuda is a destination for haters only.

    Make Bermuda feel it economically.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Time to write letters to the governor of Bermuda and the head of Bermuda’s tourist bureau, detailing how much money you won’t be spending on that cancelled vacation or honeymoon. Or, why you intend to remain on your tour ship while it is docked in port.

  • Bluto
    • Hank

      Can I marry that Hunk????….. Please!!!!

      • Treant

        Oh, he’ll hurt you. Twice a night. For hours.

    • edrex

      and your grass SUCKS!

    • pluky

      The ripple across his left pectoral as he points emphatically is quite hypnotic.

  • Adam Stevens

    I guess Bermuda ISN’T the island they’ve been talking about sending us to all these years?

  • JWC

    O/T How come no one has heard of Jared and Ivanka Have they skipped the contry and living in Isreal With Don Jr being questioned Who is babysitting Eric

    • agcons

      I agree completely, but the Jesus-addled dumbfucks will never believe it.

  • TK

    I agree with many on here. BOYCOTT BERMUDA!! And encourage others to do likewise. Fucking hypocrites.

  • JoeMyGod

    Wikipedia: The Governor of Bermuda is the representative of the British monarch in the British overseas territory of Bermuda. The Governor is appointed by the monarch on the advice of the British government. The role of the Governor is to act as the de facto head of state, and he or she is responsible for appointing the Premier and the 11 members of the Senate (the upper house of Bermuda’s Parliament).

    • JWC

      Liz may not be amused

      • GanymedeRenard

        Liz doesn’t care shit about anything outside of her island.

        • JWC

          she really cannot meddle in anthing unless asked to

          • GanymedeRenard

            She’s an ornament.

          • JWC

            as she is in Canada

          • GanymedeRenard

            Add Australia and New Zealand (and her other ‘realms’ and territories) to the list.

          • JWC

            yup all part if the commonwealth

          • GanymedeRenard

            Exactly. A useless head of State of several places.

          • JWC

            and expensive to manage a Throw over from ByGone Liz will be the last Britian loves the pagentry Di put a crimp in that and so will William and Harry moreso

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      It is a self governing territory, which means that their PM tells the Queen what to do; then she does it – or we get a new monarch.

      • Blake Mason

        And if the Governor does not sign the bill… Constitutional crisis.

        • Karl Dubhe 2

          Actually, we just replace the GG. 🙂

          No need for a crisis, as most of us know how the system works better than the Aussies do. 🙂

  • Jeffrey

    Bermuda and Jamaica and Dominican Republic are all shitholes of anti gay hate. Zero interest in giving money to any of them. EDIT I recommend the much more gay friendly USVI

    • Gigi

      Jamaica I’d never to go. Gay friends of mine go all the time. When I tell them how virulently gay Jamaica is they say, “Oh we never leave the resort.” My man and I have been to the DR several times but that was more than a decade ago. We never felt unsafe there, but it wasn’t gay-friendly like Puerto Vallarta that’s for sure.

    • GanymedeRenard

      DR? Really? I don’t know when was the last time you went there, but I can assure you it’s not an “anti-gay shithole”. Nope.

      • Len Ricci

        I agree… was there last year.. they treated me like a king… gave me a comp bottle of champagne for my bday… and yes they knew where those gay dollars they were tipped with came from…

    • David Walker

      Organize a work trip. There really are such things. People go to help get life back to some semblance of order and also schedule in some vacation time. They still need help recovering from Maria, just like Puerto Rico.

    • HaHaHa

      Headed to St. Thomas in a month, can’t wait!

  • GanymedeRenard

    I think that Elizabeth, as head of the Commonwealth, should do something. But can she?

    That was a rhetorical question. I know she can’t. So what’s the point of being the head of a commonwealth?

    • Karl Dubhe 2

      Snazzy robes and an awesome hat.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Catholic bishops have been doing that before.

        • Karl Dubhe 2

          Yes, but no one blames her for the priests who fuck children.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Many blame her for the death of a princess.

          • Karl Dubhe 2

            Really? How sad for them.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Yup.

    • edrex

      access to some lovely houses.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Granted before her birth. No need for a commonwealth.

        • edrex

          well, sure.

    • band

      This would be a good point for everybody here to pause long enough to remember that the original antigay laws in Bermuda (and the rest of the Commonwealth) were instituted by British rulers, not the locals.

      That doesn’t excuse current legislative actions, of course. But let’s remember that institutional homophobia in Bermuda was an import.

      • GanymedeRenard

        True that, very much so. However, that’s no excuse for their lack of enlightenment.

        Spain, for example, left its colonies with the Inquisition in full force, but in NONE of them is homosexuality criminalized today. And Mexico, Colombia, Uruguay, and Argentina – some of the major former Spanish colonies – have marriage equality laws now.

  • Mihangel apYrs

    I really wish that HMG would dump these overseas territories: we retain a final responsibility for them while they do what they like.

    In this case, I hope LGBT+ people avoid this and other such countries

  • Michael White

    Cross this off my bucket list of places to visit.

  • vorpal

    WTF? Seriously? So all of those marriages are just dissolved and renamed as something inferior?
    What fucking assholes. Bermuda’s definitely getting added to my “hell no fuck you” list.

    Edit: “Marriages conducted since that ruling will reportedly remain intact if the governor signs the bill.” Oops.

    • John30013

      Yep. Those marriages would be grandfathered in. Everyone else will have to content themselves with “domestic partnerships” instead.

      That won’t be a legal nightmare, will it?

  • Henry Auvil

    I’ve never been particularly interested in going there, but now it’s a no-go destination. I’ll be interested to see the reaction of weekend homeowner Mike Bloomberg.

    • canoebum

      If you want to go to a semi-tropical island in the Atlantic, try Islas Canarias, Spanish territory off the coast of Morocco and a hot spot for the European LGBT community. It just took several steps up the ladder in my book.
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb0228d0487e3bc825741ba17f4319c5ec2af4be9faf598b744f348b0a2c9a15.png

      • pch1013

        Our gracious host was just there!

      • GanymedeRenard

        Not trying to split hairs here, but these islands are not a Spanish territory – they’re one of the 17 “Comunidades Autónomas” (autonomous communities) of the Kingdom of Spain.

        • canoebum

          Ok. I appreciate you pointing out the distinction.

          • GanymedeRenard

            You’re very welcome!

  • Princess Lardass

    Minutes ago the Bermuda Senate voted 8-3 to repeal same-sex marriage and replace it with domestic partnerships.

    Separate but equal my lardy-gay ass!

    In June 2016, Bermudan voters overwhelmingly rejected same-sex marriage by a 2-1 margin in a non-binding public referendum.

    Doesn’t matter. You DON’T vote on civil rights.

    • Jonathan Smith

      apparently you do.
      in Bermuda.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Let’s not be harsh. That happened in Ireland and Australia, too.

        • Todd20036

          Happened in USA too. Though not nationally

          • GanymedeRenard

            Absolutely.

  • TJ Pierce

    Bermuda’s off my list. Let’s see how well they do with nothing but Southern Baptists going there.

    • canoebum

      Famously bad tippers. The locals are going to love it.

      • TrollopeReader

        don’t they give religious tracts to read, instead of filthy lucre ??

  • Will Parkinson

    Yup, those damn gays are a threat to everything.

  • pch1013

    Right off the top of my head, I can think of about 50 subtropical beachy destinations that are more appealing than Bermuda. Why would anyone go there?

  • Lumpy Gaga

    We believe the Bill poses an unnecessary threat to the success of our tourism industry.

    Don’t worry. Breitbart cruises featuring Steve Bannon et al. will keep the colored-umbrella drinks flowing.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Oh no. Moore down, Omarosa down, shitty potential judges down. Everything was going so well…

  • HZ81

    Oh, Bermuda don’t want my money? No worries.

  • Blake Mason

    FYI – The CEO of the Bermuda Tourism Authority does have a stake in this, as he is partnered.

  • Blake Mason

    Living here in Bermuda… I 100% support anyone who would choose not to visit the island because of the second class status that you would coming to once you step foot on the island.

  • Todd

    California ? Huh. ??? How th F)!K did I miss THAT ??

    • Pierre

      Prop 8, financed by the Morman church…

  • Jeffg166

    Bye-bye Bermuda.

  • Blake Mason

    The kicker is… that Hetrosexuals can now choose to have a marriage or a domestic partnership…. homosexuals can only have a domestic partnership…

    So straights get the best of both worlds.

  • canoebum

    “We are convinced it will result in lost tourism business for Bermuda.” I can assure them that in my case, they are quite correct. I had planned on taking an NCL cruise from NYC to Bermuda, but now will be sure to find another itinerary.

  • Blake J Butler

    Since we’re on the discussion of dumb fucks : Sanders tells trump to keep his promise on NAFTA.

    “When Donald Trump campaigned for president, he promised that he was going to stop corporations from shifting American jobs to Mexico,” Sanders said Wednesday at a rally for the #ReplaceNafta movement in Washington. “For once in your life, keep your promises.”

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-13/bernie-sanders-to-trump-on-nafta-for-once-keep-your-promise

  • Pierre

    Come to Bermuda, the new North Carolina!

  • here’s how it works, tourist places. i grew up in one, i like to think i know.

    don’t get involved. with anything. accept all dollars from all people, all the time. have a party! elect a politician even! but mostly? shut up. don’t get involved. Money will Follow, because everyone needs a quiet friend. that can be you.

    anyhoo, go with the money. does allowing marriage equality bring less or more? duh. so go with the obvious. no one actually cares what you think about the issue. this or any other. you’re the help.

  • ChrisMorley

    You would think the UK’s Guardian would be reporting this, with Bermuda having the Queen as head of state, but no, at least not yet.

    The UK is instead transfixed by the ongoing carcrash of Brexit making its way through Parliament. Theresa May has just lost a major vote, which means Parliament is insisting on having a genuine final vote on Brexit. So that’s a win, of sorts.

    Thanks Joe for this report.

  • Blake Mason

    and do not just say you are not going… spread the word that the Bermuda is not the place to visit, go to a more gay friendly destination.

    • David L. Caster

      Exactly.

    • canoebum

      The Jamaica of the Atlantic.

    • JRDC

      USVI is super gay friendly

      • coram nobis

        And USVI is recovering from Maria and could use the business.

  • BeaverTales

    They can just cater to Christianists. They’ll come back grovelling to the world of equality and tolerance after a year or two of gay friendly people boycotting them.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      Christianists = Lousy tippers.

  • JT

    Fuck ’em. No travel to Bermuda. Let them lose those gay dollars and other currencies.

    • David L. Caster

      Not planning on going there anyway. Plenty of wonderful places in North America to visit.

      • pch1013

        and Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the South Pacific.

      • JRDC

        USVI

        • TrollopeReader

          and they could use every dollar (and a day or so of volunteer help, if possible ! )

  • netxtown

    now where are those two queens who want to show their ass…?

    • pch1013

      Instagram, where else?

  • Christo

    Your concern is just that it will impact tourism negatively? Fuck you.

    • TrollopeReader

      that’s actually how things get overturned …see numerous US states …tourism, especially on an island in the middle of nowhere that’s whole raison d’etre is * tourism* ….is kinda important.

    • Jukesgrrl

      I agree but in Arizona we’d be arresting non-Aryans on sight if it wasn’t for our desire to have the Super Bowl and other big winter events here.

    • band

      That is what the Tourism Authority is paid to do.

  • billbear1961

    Consider ICELAND, instead . . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wN8_eb3l0mw

    • billbear1961
      • David Walker

        Thank you, Mr. Bear. You have now pretty much usurped my evening. It’s time to explore YouTube. I already found this one of Northern Norway. I have come to just downright love drone photography. I had very little experience with aerial photography Back Then. That was before the invention of SteadiCam and we hung out over the helicopter or flew farther away from the subject and use telephoto, which only accented the bumpiness. This drone stuff is just incredible. It’s also kind of like my dreams when I’m flying…absolutely calm. Anyway, thank your for these glimpses. I must now go to far off lands via video. Here’s the one from Norway:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJPgoOCOBFg

        • billbear1961

          Home of the Lady Zhera!

        • TrollopeReader

          I’ve been waiting for years for Mr. Bear to usurp my evenings !!

      • TrollopeReader

        I was thinking Greenland, because with my asthma I need an igloo.

        • Girlgoon

          Either place will be getting warmer every year extending the tourist season, while Bermuda starts to drown in the rising sea.

          • Librarykid

            The silver lining to every cloud

      • Librarykid

        That needs to be run in a loop in the rooms where you go to give specimens.

    • David Walker

      “Magnificent” barely does it justice.
      Jealous jealous jealous jealous jealous jealous jealous jealous jealous

      • billbear1961

        We really don’t travel very, very often, David, not, you know, BIG trips–once or twice every few years.

    • Infinite Jester

      I’m going once WOW Airlines opens near me! They let you arrange for a (somewhat) free (there are fees, just like with almost everything else for WOW) extended layover in Iceland on your way to or from other points in Europe. We’re going to Ireland for my longtime companion’s birthday next year (it’s the land of his maternal people).

      Other than the scenery (which is magnificent!), anything in particular we should do in Iceland/places we should go? I don’t need a gay “scene”, but I always find it interesting to talk with gays of other lands to find out what their experiences have been.

  • BobSF_94117

    It’s not “seen as less than”. It is less than.

    • David Walker

      Indeed. Separate but equal isn’t, nor can it be.

      • BobSF_94117

        Domestic partnerships are not necessarily recognized overseas. Marriages are.

  • stuckinthewoods

    What about marriage repeal in Maine? The Governor signed it into law May 6, 2009, a referendum was held before it went into effect and Maine voters rejected equality Nov. 3, 2009. They didn’t reverse it for 3 years. My brother has a house there and I’m still boycotting Maine. The dwarf never forgives or forgets.

    • scream4ever

      The marriage law never came into effect. No marriages were performed before voters repealed it.

      • stuckinthewoods

        The bill passed and was signed into law. Maine voters killed it before gay people could benefit from it.

  • Bye Bye Bigoted Bermuda, Bigoted Bermuda Bye Bye!

  • JCF

    That couple is so incredibly cute. I’m happy they received their marriage—but sad…and ANGRY…that others can’t too (anymore).

  • TrollopeReader

    and this only a week or so after Australia endorses (almost unanimously) gay marriage.

  • Al Prazolam

    As bad as this news is, the good news is that the Senate Judiciary Committee has rejected the nomination of Jeff Mateer, the homophobic nominee for the Eastern District of Texas judgeship. At least that’s something to cheer about.

    • scream4ever

      He was actually pulled from consideration by the recommendation of Chuck Grassley of all people lol

  • SDG

    Another place NOT to visit any more.

  • Jim Battrell

    boycott the cruise.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    Ah, the British Empiah just keeps on giving and giving, doesn’t it? It’s like syphillis that way.

  • HappyDance904

    Well, I had been looking forward to a cruise to Bermuda after my aunt told me how lovely it is….now, I will not take my gay dollars there!! I will cruise there to see it, but I won’t spend a dollar in their economy…the ship is going there anyway, so that is just a given…extra dollar..none!!

  • Franciscan

    Bermuda is a long way away for me; it’s much more likely that I would go to Hawaii (and a much shorter trip!). That said, from now on I’ll just assume the Bermuda islands have sunk beneath the waters of the Sargasso Sea and are no longer available for responsible mortals to visit.

  • Ninja0980

    Hence the reason I will never spend a dime there.

  • killreligion

    I’d boycott but it’s not the 50s and cool to go there. So many interesting places to go and I’ll never go to most of them

  • Archipelagos

    I try to impress this upon everyone: Every right you have, no matter how small or fundamental, can be easily stripped away. It doesn’t take much and it can happen fast.

    Never, ever take what freedoms you have, however imperfect, for granted.

  • usorthem3

    Shit hole country, nuke it.