Bermuda has overwhelmingly voted against same-sex marriage.
The British Oversea Territory of Bermuda with a population of 65,000 just had a vote on gay marriage and it overwhelmingly voted against it. They held a non-binding referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage and were asked two questions:
“Are you in favour of same-sex marriage in Bermuda?”
“Are you in favour of same-sex civil unions in Bermuda?”
Both votes were lost by 69 per cent and 63 per cent respectively with just 46.89 per cent of the electorate turning out to vote on the issue. The low turn out makes the referendum invalid according to The Royal Gazette.
The Premier said,
“With yesterday’s referendum, Bermuda has expressed its democratic right to vote on two questions that have been the focus of discussion and debate for more than a year.
“Based on the Referendum Act 2012, a referendum question shall be taken to be unanswered if less than 50 per cent of the persons registered in the parliamentary register vote at the referendum.
“And with the results indicating a majority ‘no’ vote, and a less than 50 percent turnout, the Government will now consider the next steps that respects and reflects the views of the people.”
Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1994 however the LGBT community do not have equality in terms of age of consent.