Kingdom's man in Bermuda, John Vereker, has been
quietly attempting to sway opponents in the island
nation's parliament toward legislation to
protect the rights of gays. Lawmakers soundly defeated a
bill in May that would have included gays and lesbians in
the U.K. colony's human rights law.
The vote sparked a protest at the legislature by
some 300 demonstrators who criticized the parliament
for not even debating the proposal. Progressive Labor
Party backbencher Renee Webb, who proposed the bill,
said she will attempt to bring back a new version of the measure.
Legally, Vereker, as colonial governor, cannot
directly intervene, but he told a local newspaper that
"the U.K. expects of the Overseas Territories [to
uphold] the same standard of human rights that
British citizens enjoy in the U.K." Vereker said he
suggested that a revised bill should be worded
"generally" and not name specific groups.
While his compromise might win the support of
the government, Webb says she has no intention of
"watering down" her bill. (Sirius OutQ News)