Last week, Bermuda became the first country to repeal a marriage equality law, undoing a 2017 court ruling that had legalized marriage equality in the country and replacing marriages with civil domestic partnerships for same-sex couples. This was big news for the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown, who has increasingly been working around the world to stem the tide of LGBTQ rights. In a fundraising email on Friday, which was also posted on his organization’s website, Brown wrote that NOM had “played a significant behind-the-scenes role in the tremendous victory in Bermuda,” including Brown’s traveling to the country twice to meet with activists.
In an email with the subject line “They also lie,” Brown wrote that Bermuda’s repeal of marriage equality shows that “There’s nothing inevitable about same-sex ‘marriage’ and there’s no ‘arc of history’ propelling it forward”:
The biggest lie about same-sex ‘marriage’ is that it is inevitable. LGBT activists and their partners in the media regularly trot forth with falsehoods such as gay marriage is somehow part of an “arc of history,” and that everybody needs to embrace it if they want to be “on the right side of history.” They also want people to accept the lie that since the U.S. Supreme Court imposed gay marriage on the nation in 2015 with their illegitimate and anti-constitutional Obergefell decision, that the issue is resolved for all and that it’s time to accept it – no, more than accept it, everyone must openly embrace and celebrate it.
This, of course, is a lie. There’s nothing inevitable about same-sex ‘marriage’ and there’s no ‘arc of history’ propelling it forward. In fact, if anything the arc of history reveals that people continue to resist this damaging policy, as was powerfully proven again twice on the world stage this past week. To wit:
- The country of Bermuda became the first nation in the world to repeal gay ‘marriage’ this week!
- A legal ruling threatening to impose same-sex ‘marriage’ on the nation of Costa Rica totally upended that country’s presidential contest, propelling a pro-marriage candidate who pledged to resist the ruling from the middle of the pack in a crowded field to winning Costa Rica’s presidential primary.
NOM played a significant behind-the-scenes role in the tremendous victory in Bermuda. Our team advised pro-marriage supporters there on strategies to preserve marriage and I travelled there twice to meet with activists from Preserve Marriage Bermuda to discuss potential strategies. In 2016, Bermuda conducted a national referendum to advise the Parliament on whether gay ‘marriage’ should be allowed, with 68% of voters resoundingly rejecting same-sex ‘marriage.’
Despite the overwhelming voter rejection of redefining marriage, in 2017 the Bermuda Supreme Court imposed gay ‘marriage’ on the nation. This proved to be a short-lived ruling as the Preserve Marriage Bermuda coalition rallied supporters to demand that marriage be restored. This past December, the Bermuda Parliament passed a law repealing same-sex ‘marriage.’ This week the British government of Theresa May announced that it would not block the repeal of same-sex marriage (Bermuda is a British territory) and Governor John Rankin promptly signed the repeal legislation into law.
So much for the arc of history.
NOM heartily congratulates the people of Bermuda and the leadership of Preserve Marriage Bermuda. Their efforts are a powerful proof point that the “inevitability” of same-sex ‘marriage is a lie and that the fight for marriage can be won, even when the judicial elite think they can impose their will on a country, as tragically occurred here in the U.S.