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Prime Minister Christie says no to same sex marriage

Published:Tuesday | April 12, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie

NASSAU, CMC:

Prime Minister Perry Christie said the proposed referendum to amend the constitution will not allow for same sex marriages to become legal in the Bahamas. Christie launched the YES Bahamas Campaign "Equal Rights for our Sons and Daughters" on the weekend, telling his audience that the Bahamas will only recognise marriage as being between a man and a woman.

The referendum will be held on June 7.

"I repeat: this referendum will not cause same-sex marriage to become legal in the Bahamas. Marriage in the Bahamas will be legal only if it is between a man and a woman, and male and female are determined at birth," he said.

"I am so emphatic because it is so important for Bahamians to vote on what is really at stake - equal rights for our sons and daughters - and not let false rumours or incorrect information hold sway. This referendum does not seek to change Bahamian society or our traditional values - instead it seeks to change the Constitution so that it more clearly reflects those values, and our shared belief in fairness," Prime Minister Christie said.

He stressed that the YES Bahamas Campaign will be relying on Bahamians young and old for their creativity and enthusiasm, visiting each of our islands, and providing information to Bahamians on each of the amendments.