Crowd Gathers for Historic Day

Outside the House of Assembly yesterday, more than a hundred people bore witness as the four Constitutional (Amendment) Bills on gender equality were passed.

Rawson Square saw pastors, professors, children, activists, union leaders and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community share the same space, each offering their own, sometimes divergent view about what the proposed referendum represents for this country.

Those who spoke to The Tribune seemed uncertain about the future of the vote, saying they expect that politics, concerns about a “gay agenda” and patriarchal society will be tough obstacles standing in the way of a “yes” vote.

Observer Erica Lang said it would be unacceptable for the referendum to fail.

“I’m here because my sister chose to get married rather than have children out of wedlock and she chose to get married to a foreigner,” she said. “I have nieces and nephews that have a lot to contribute to this country that are not citizens simply because by virtue of marriage they were considered foreign.”

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