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parliament dumps gay rights bill

parliament dumps gay rights bill

Church leaders exert pressure to prevent adding sexual orientation to Human Rights Act.

Following the Bermuda parliament's decision to dump a proposed gay rights bill last month, 300 people expressed their anger with a protest at the nation's House of Assembly.

The bill, introduced by MP Renee Webb, would have added sexual orientation to Bermuda's Human Rights Act but was shot down with almost no debate. Local church leaders were greatly opposed to adding sexual orientation to the act.

"I believe that Bermuda needs to move toward becoming a more compassionate society and not allow discrimination under the guise of any particular belief to take place," Webb argued. She vowed to bring up the issue next year, the earliest time it can be reintroduced. (The Advocate)

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