Bermuda is another island in ‘paradise’ where thousands of northerners go for a taste of foreign life and a balmy semi-tropical climate, even in the cold season. It is a small island (actually more than one) that has a certain mystique due to its hidden treasures troves of off-shore bank accounts and due to its hypocritical attitude toward LGBT people. Homosexuality was decriminalized in 1994 but no further action or laws were approved to prevent discrimination against these citizens. But hundreds of thousands of tourists go there each year unaware of the mysteries.
For most of its existence, Bermuda had harsh penalties against male homosexuals, making sex between consenting legal-age males a crime subject to imprisonment. Lobbying against such a harsh measure, The Bermuda Human Rights Alliance, a Bermuda gay and lesbian group, helped to bring about a repeal of the criminal code. Since an assembly vote in the Bermuda Parliament, sex between men over the age of 18 is now legal. Despite high levels of homophobia, Premier Ewart Brown said in a statement: “Bermuda is a democracy that welcomes all people of all races, colors, creeds, and sexual orientation,” It is a small group of very vocal church groups that do not welcome LGBT people. A church conference in Bermuda has promised to steer clear of “gay bashing.” Some churches in Bermuda were planning to boycott a multi denominational service on human rights because they fear it may unfairly target homosexuality. A third of churches believe the service, organized by United By Faith, will preach that the Human Rights Act should not protect sexual orientation.
Richard Ammon GlobalGayz.com May 13, 2010 Today’s news brought a hysterically horrid report about the Pope in Portugal. He called for pastoral action to tackle abortion and same-sex marriage, which he called “some of today’s most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good“. (Insidious means: harmful but enticing; seductive; having a gradual and cumulative
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