A Christian attorney and activist says righteousness should not only drive a person's life but also a nation's values – regardless of the cost.
Homosexual "marriage" – as it has in most countries around the world – has stirred debate in Bermuda, so politicians there decided to put the issue to the public in a 2016 referendum. The result was a defeat for both same-sex marriage and civil unions. But the island nation's Supreme Court decided last May to force it on the people by judicial fiat. Now, Bermuda's Parliament has passed a bill negating homosexual marriage but providing for domestic partnerships.
Matt Barber, co-founder and general counsel of Christian Civil Rights Watch, says America should take note – and take heart.
"There's no reason why we should not follow suit and follow Bermuda's model here and try to overturn the equally outrageous and illegitimate Supreme Court decision that foisted counterfeit same-sex marriage on the American people against their will," says Barber, referencing the high court's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling in 2015.
Bermuda is well aware of the potential economic impact, especially the major industry of tourism. But as Barber points out, "sometimes righteousness comes at a cost."
"Doing the right thing should not be contingent upon a financial consideration," he remarks. "Bermuda is doing the right thing here – even when ostensibly there could be some economic blowback. That's called courage."
The bill in Bermuda awaits the signature of Premiere David Burt.