It is time my fellow Bahamians that we stop living in willful ignorance.
It is time that we stop being entertained by the idiots among us.
Lets stop being so easily manipulated by politicians.
Lets stop being driven by fear and boogeymen.
In the 2002 referendum, we as a country voted against some amazing constitutional amendments that had they passed, would’ve made us a better country today. Don’t believe me? Well here’s a list of the amendments from that referendum;
- The creation of a national commission to monitor the standards of teachers
- The creation of an independent parliamentary commissioner
- The creation of an independent election boundaries commission
- The increase of the retirement ages of judges from 60 to 65 (or 68 to 72 for appellate judges)
- The removal of gender discrimination from the constitution
Seriously? We voted against a commission to monitor the standards of teachers when we have a D average student body? Against an independent elections boundaries commission when politicians gerrymander the constituencies to give themselves an unfair advantage every election?
So its 14 years later and we’re approaching another referendum. Already the vote no campaigns have taken root by stoking the fears of Bahamians and creating hysteria about what a Yes vote could possibly lead to.
Here’s a video by one of those people I mentioned we should stop being entertained by or stop entertaining.
Notice two things
- Everyone’s smiling while he makes the most asinine statements
- He has no clue what the other questions are
I’m just going to drop two hashtags on this video #stopbeingstupid, #stopbeingentertainedbystupid
This is willful ignorance at its finest.
Here are the 4 proposed amendments
Bill #1 will give the over seas born children born to married Bahamian men or women the right to citizenship
Currently only the children of Bahamian men have this right whereas the children of Bahamian women are entitled to apply for citizenship between age 18-21
Bill #2 will give the wives or husbands of Bahamian citizens the right to be registered as a citizen of the Bahamas.
Currently only the wives of Bahamian Husbands have this right. Many fear there will be an increase of marriages for convenience or quick citizenship scams by marrying and getting divorce and then marrying again. Marriages of convenience are already taking place and its not as easy as they make it sound.
Bill#3 would give the children of unmarried Bahamian men and foreign mothers, whether born in the Bahamas or abroad, the same right to citizenship that others enjoy, provided that paternity is proven
Currently children born in the Bahamas to unmarried Bahamian men and foreign mothers are prevented from acquiring citizenship.
Bill#4 would add the word “Sex” to the list of reasons in the constitution for which persons must not be discriminated against.
This is the bill that sank the 2002 referendum and threatens to sink the upcoming one. There are many that say that passing this bill will lead to same sex marriages Most known for this position is former PLP MP and now leader of the UDP Greg Moss who claims that adding the Sex can also be interpreted to mean sexual orientation.
But here’s the thing,
- The word sex is already in Article 15 of the Constitution (“Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the Individual”) and has been there since independence in 1973. hasn’t been used for sexual orientation yet
- Same-sex marriage is voided by the Matrimonial Causes Act (1879), which in turn is protected by Article 26(4) of the Constitution.
and it those two points are not enough for you, here’s another;
You’re going to vote no against equality or gender neutrality in the constitution of the Bahamas because somehow, someday down the road it MAY lead to same sex marriage.
I’m voting Yes because its right. Every Bahamian regardless of gender should have the exact same rights.
oh and I’m voting Yes for my daughters.