Did you know that, under the Constitution, Bahamian legislation can discriminate on the basis of sex? The prohibited grounds for discrimination include race, place of origin, political opinions, colour, and creed, but not sex.
Where is the inequality?
The Constitution addresses race, place of origin, political opinion, colour, and creed, protecting the people of The Bahamas from being discriminated on those grounds. The exclusion of sex allows laws to be made that put men at a disadvantage or advantage simply because they are men, or women at a disadvantage or advantage simply because they are women. The Constitution, as it is, allows for discrimination on the basis of sex under the law.
4 Things You Need to Know About Bill #4 (if it passes):
- Sex is defined as male or female.
- There is an exceptions clause which allows laws regarding particular issues (including marriage, taxation, and burial) to discriminate on all of the prohibited grounds listed.
- It will not automatically lead to legally sanctioned gay marriage.
- It offers protection to both men and women.