July 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Bermuda Senate narrowly rejects anti-marriage bill

Bermuda, gay news, Washington Blade

Bermuda (Photo by Mike Oropeza; via Wikimedia Commons)

The Bermuda Senate on Thursday narrowly rejected a bill that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman in the British territory.

Senators struck down the Human Rights Amendment Act by a 5-6 vote margin after a seven-hour debate.

“Man, woman and child is of the highest order,” said Sen. Marc Daniels of the Progressive Labor Party, according to the Royal Gazette newspaper. “That union cannot be mimicked by any other combination.”

The bill — known as the Human Rights Amendment Act — passed last Friday in the Bermuda House of Assembly, which is the lower house of the territory’s Parliament.

Voters in the British territory last month overwhelmingly rejected marriage and civil unions for same-sex couples in a non-binding referendum.

Bermudian lawmakers in 2013 approved a bill that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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