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Bermuda: Breaking news: gay rights amendment defeated

Bermudan MP Renee Webb's private member's bill proposing the amendment of the Human Rights Code to include sexual orientation has just been defeated in the House of Assembly, reports Christian S. Dunleavy. “The Bill was defeated in committee, therefore there was no formal vote in the House and therefore — no names. Profiles in courage indeed.” Yesterday, A Limey in Bermuda had attempted to contact all the MPs and find out how they planned to vote. “Don’t be a coward and absent yourself from the vote,” he appealed. This afternoon the Limey reports on the sequence of events inside the House of Assembly: “The difference between a committee vote and a vote in the House seemed pretty academic … it was all the MPs who were present that were voting. Unfortunately some … were in the back room listening to the debate on the radio when the committee vote was moved. As a result, they did not participate in the vote.”

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