Published On: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016

Voting in referendum on same-sex unions begins in Bermuda

people, homosexuality, same-sex marriage and love concept - closHAMILTON – Residents of Bermuda are today casting their votes in a non-binding referendum on same sex unions.

A total of 44,367 voters are registered to cast their ballots on two questions – whether they are in favour of same-sex marriage and whether they are in favour of same-sex civil unions in Bermuda.

Voting began from 8 a.m. and the 12 polling stations will close at 8 p.m.

Premier Michael Dunkley has indicated that the results of the referendum will be “non-binding”, but would be “an opportunity for Government and for the people of Bermuda to expression their opinions on a very important subject”.

Ahead of today’s vote, a poll by Profiles of Bermuda showed that 58.5 per cent of voters oppose same-sex marriages, while 38.4 per cent were in favor. It said 3.2 per cent were unsure.

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