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UK MP urges OTs to support legalisation for same-sex marriage, LGBTQ+ community

The [British] Virgin Islands is set to execute a referendum regarding same-sex marriage, as Government prepares for a court case regarding the issue. Photo: Photo:
British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Alicia A. Kearns has made the call for British Overseas Territories (OTs) to support the legalisation of same-sex marriages as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ+) community. Photo: YouTube
British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Alicia A. Kearns has made the call for British Overseas Territories (OTs) to support the legalisation of same-sex marriages as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ+) community. Photo: YouTube
LONDON, United Kingdom- British Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) Alicia A. Kearns has made the call for British Overseas Territories (OTs) to support the legalisation of same-sex marriages as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ+) community.

Ms Kearns made the call during the Debate on the Future of the Overseas Territories, at the Annual Summit of Overseas Territories hosted in London on May 11, 2023.

Kearns is leading the debate on the UK’s relationship with its OTs, which span Europe, the Caribbean, Pacific and the Atlantic.

“I also do want to mention briefly, Mr Deputy Speaker, a call for all Overseas Territories to fully support the LGBTQ+ communities. We need to legalise same-sex marriage and for the UK Government to do more than simply supporting in principle.

"In families, there are arguments and disputes, and at least across the Christmas table, but most of all we know that we can talk to our friends and our family more honestly than we can to any other. So it’s crucial we have this conversation,” Kearns said.

This statement was made on the heels of her comment in which she stated that all British OTs, which she referred to as family, enjoy the right to self-determination and decide their own government and constitutional relationship with the UK.

There are Representatives from seven OTs present at the debate.

VI referendum

The [British] Virgin Islands is set to execute a referendum regarding same-sex marriage, as Government prepares for a court case regarding the issue.

Back in June 2022, Kinisha Forbes and Kirsten Lettsome sued the VI Government, on the grounds that they were denied a marriage license from the Registrar General because they were a same-sex couple.

If the couple were to be successful, section 13(1)(c) of the Territory’s Matrimonial Proceedings and Property Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, would be declared as unconstitutional and, therefore, null and void which would lead to same-sex marriage becoming legal in the VI, Premier and Minister of Finance Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) had claimed last year.

At the announcement of the referendum in December 2022, Premier Wheatley indicated that in response to the legal challenge, the VI Government, through counsel assigned by the Attorney General’s Chambers, is vigorously defending the local laws, which clearly define marriage between a man and a woman.

Dr Wheatley had also stated that the referendum will further consider the question of whether the state should introduce new legislation that would provide any person in a domestic partnership certain legal rights, such as the ability to pass on one’s estate to their partner regardless of sex. 

The Premier recently stated that the referendum is expected to be held by June 2023.

British Overseas Territories have long been resisting pressure, including from the United Kingdom, to legalise same-sex marriages.

55 Responses to “UK MP urges OTs to support legalisation for same-sex marriage, LGBTQ+ community”

  • Community (12/05/2023, 08:39) Like (37) Dislike (10) Reply
    We have a straight community.
  • stop now (12/05/2023, 08:47) Like (69) Dislike (7) Reply
    This is not what God wants for the BVI. It is better to please God than to please the UK.
    • OUTRAGED (12/05/2023, 10:05) Like (36) Dislike (12) Reply
      These no-good-for-nothing nasty people make me feel like regurgitating right down their sickening vile throats. Keep that nasty horrific demon seed where it belongs...IN THE UK! The people have spoken! We don't want your sick mental laws here. There will be a hard uproar when they come here laughing in our faces thinking we accept them. I for one won't serve them one damn thing. Protest NOW! Let's get our point across to the UK that NO MEANS NO!!!!!!!!!!! STOP TRYING TO FORCE-FEED US, WE ARE NOT YOUR SLAVES ANYMORE AND WILL FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS! The uprising will send the colonizers running back to where they came from. NONSENSE!!!!! If this is what you want, this is what you'll get. We live fine here just as we are, leave us the HELL alone!
    • @stop now (12/05/2023, 12:09) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
      AMEN!!! BVI aim to please God and not the UK.
      • The bum (12/05/2023, 14:32) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
        These colonizers already been detroying by using our own people,look how we bought in to their devil sidicated groups to divide us in the bvi and it worked
  • Here lies the problem (12/05/2023, 08:48) Like (36) Dislike (6) Reply
    The UK is speaking for us without talking to us. They have us as property rather than people.
    • NezRez (12/05/2023, 09:49) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
      @ Here lies the problem. You hit the nail right on the head. These Colonizers have always seen the Black Caribbean people as livestock to keep their grounds up and running. When they want to, they are going to swoop in and take total control and we cannot do a damn thing about it because we never went for our independence. Don't you see how many have flooded our islands already with the attitude they are above us? Well I say, HOLD ONTO OUR LAND AND STOP SELLING OUT SO OUR FUTURE FAMILIES CAN ENJOY HOME!
    • facts (12/05/2023, 12:57) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Only if the so call premier agree most likely when one lie all lie
  • what a thing (12/05/2023, 08:52) Like (21) Dislike (8) Reply
    The UK is calling wrong, right, and right, wrong. This is not good.
  • Hmmmm (12/05/2023, 08:53) Like (32) Dislike (6) Reply
    They should be fighting to make all OT independent within the next 5 years rather than pushing foolishness.
  • ras (12/05/2023, 08:55) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
  • imagine (12/05/2023, 08:56) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
    Imagine these people up in the UK speaking on our behalf stating what is best for us and dictating what we must do and not do. All this without speaking to us or having us speak for ourselves. What disrespect. I am now for independence.
    • All talk without action (12/05/2023, 09:42) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      Our Premier and his deputy are in the UK now so why don't they sort it out before they leave to come back????
    • mess (12/05/2023, 13:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      It's the so call premier have to speak to us and I no he's afraid of the UK what a mess
  • Need new structures (12/05/2023, 08:57) Like (12) Dislike (6) Reply
    The current structure is a modern form of slavery. Our views and voices needs to be heard directly and not through a Governor and his office or the UK Parliament who will adjust our views to promote their intentions and not ours.
  • reality (12/05/2023, 08:59) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
    The UK can never act in the best interest of any Caribbean OT as our cultural differences as well as our religious beliefs can never co-exist. Their aim is to eliminate all our heritage and turn each Caribbean OT into them. This is not and will never be in our best interest. This is the underlined problem which the UK careless about. Our leaders must stand up for our rights and what is right in each OT.
  • Voter 7 (12/05/2023, 09:05) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    we already have so many social ill within our territory that need our attention how did we end up here. God was clear on the natural order of things . he made man and woman to procreate and replenish the earth tgere was no in between.
    Its so clear i work with kids as young as 5yrs abd sometime if anotger boy sitting to close u would hear asking to each other "you like man" or "you aunty" or "gay" if these kids can recognize its wrong. why does grown people want to impose this are you ready to see their open affection un public ours kids being thought its ok for 2 men to be together or 2women, please my fellow Virgin Islanders when it time to vote our future depends on this vote we dont want low turnouts but lets send the message loud and clear we dont support this diabolical agenda and God is Lord over this British Virgin Islands
  • Polygamy (12/05/2023, 09:10) Like (11) Dislike (6) Reply
    What about we who have multiple partners.
    Should I be able to marry all of them.
  • Deal with it (12/05/2023, 09:13) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    When we were saying stop these agendas you all turned a blind eye. We said don’t take the vaccines it’s only a stepping stone for what’s to come. It’s only a warm up session. Now May 11th America is done and over with all travel bans on vaccines.
    That’s over and the next day now we have batty man trying to marry each other and because they pay tax according to a woman who trying to get a voice it’s ok. Not according to the teachings of Christ. According to the tax they pay. You can’t make this itZz up. Ayo deal with it. After this is another story. And we know they have people on earth amongst us now and they just don’t have any souls. AI is the new norm. Deal with it.
  • Belive it or not (12/05/2023, 09:14) Like (24) Dislike (10) Reply
    Whether people want to believe it or not, it is a sin to be gay as it is to kill, commit adultery and steal. But are we legalizing such activities?? No. So why she we legalize same sex marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman and the day we legalize it here, will be the day this territory starts to fall even more. Just because other nations decide to accept something as normal, does not mean we have to follow suit.
    • @BELIEVE IT (12/05/2023, 10:17) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
      Yea well we don’t want to normalize any more sins. Please and thanks
    • Comment (12/05/2023, 10:32) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply

      1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NIV
      9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

  • hold on (12/05/2023, 09:15) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Reasons like these is why I keep saying that Order in Council is a modern day slavery whip and needs to be eliminated forever. The UK will always use this method to go over our heads as Overseas Territories to pass whatever they want passed that they deem is in our best interest with no regard for us. I said it is wrong with the COI. It is wrong for this because it is coming. We need to stand up for our rights and move out from under these people who we share little or nothing in common with.
  • any bets? (12/05/2023, 09:19) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    The BVI will be the guinea pig
  • hello (12/05/2023, 09:19) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    to each their own
  • 1st test (12/05/2023, 09:20) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Since lorna is the big savior let us see what she will come up with
  • ReX FeRal (12/05/2023, 09:25) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let Alicia keep her nastiness to her self and the UK. This whole same sex marriage is disgusting right about now.. I think we have more serious issues fasting the dam country than to be paying attention to this immoral legislation. Bitch now.
  • jah know (12/05/2023, 09:53) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The UK pushing hard for same sex marriage legalisation but pushing back hard on the legalisation of marijuana. Reggae music always said this would've happened. Legalize gay marriage before marijuana. Burnout the Babylon system.
  • WOW (12/05/2023, 10:02) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why is this important in the BVI, set a bully bully fire for that !
  • NO, yuh deaf! (12/05/2023, 10:10) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    God says NO! We say NO!
  • Really (12/05/2023, 10:38) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Wake up people it's about to be legal here that's why is in the headlines almost everyday. Get accustom to it
  • mad max (12/05/2023, 10:39) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
    People up in arms about equal rights for homosexuals while there are 18 year old school kids running around shooting guns. This place needs to get it's priorities straight!
  • Keep your eyes open (12/05/2023, 10:47) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Always keep your eyes open with these British Officials. They never stop unless you stop them. They are pushing for same sex marriage, status for all UK residents in BVI, trying to take over through a well organized COI and recommendations which were pre-arranged, using order in council, after Financial Services using another Order in Council. The list goes on and it is all connected. The Governor and his gang think we cannot see what they up to. They will soon find out the people of the BVI have their eyes wide open. Independence is the only way forward. There is no real partnership with them.
  • Let the BVI vote in private on this! (12/05/2023, 11:07) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Let BVI vote and you will see the overwhelming support in favour of this. Its the naysayers that are the loudest as those in support won't come out and say so due to harassment.
  • fromafar (12/05/2023, 11:14) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
  • Yes to UK (12/05/2023, 12:35) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    @OUTRAGED Your post is so stupid and senseless, I will say this much there are so many gays living in the BVI and there is nothing you or anyone can do about it. We are owned by the UK so you can’t send anyone running so the choice is not yours or anyone else in the BVI. There are a lot worse things going on in the BVI than same sex marriages but no one pays attention to them.

  • Yes to UK (12/05/2023, 13:00) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Keep your eyes open, You are so misinformed I will say this much a lot of you who can’t have it your way talk about Independence look around the BVI and see how many people we have living in the BVI from all those Independ islands and don’t want to leave because life is so much better for them in the BVI don’t mind how much they call it down, if we were to go Independ we will be just like them a lot of us will have to leave. The trust companies will be gone our taxes will be so high we won’t be able to pay our bills and the crime will be very high all because of your hate for the UK.

  • The bum (12/05/2023, 13:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Our rights are taking away slowly,a gradual recolonization british people are being disrespectful and showing entitlement to some locals as of recent. With the police comish living in long bay and now they created a commity and causing problems in that area. A general local meeting needs to kept
  • Enough already (12/05/2023, 13:05) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    If you want to live in a christian theocracy then march on govt and demand your independence from the UK. If the community truly wants christian law to be the law of the land then hold a referendum on self determination. Put the church in charge and you wont ever have to worry about any same sex issues. You can then make all kind of laws against sinning too, problem solved?
  • Who!!! (12/05/2023, 13:36) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    The whole country need to take the street and send a strong message to the world. Joshua asked the people. "Who is on the Lord side?.
  • Yo (12/05/2023, 13:47) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Keep them alphabet people out the vi
  • jokers (12/05/2023, 14:55) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Let the church go sit down. The biggest set of hypocrites.
  • The Slip Hammer (12/05/2023, 15:16) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply


  • Sodom (12/05/2023, 16:13) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Deadliest sin
    While all sin is bad this was the one that Felt the wrath a nation destroyed
    Think about this ...
    We in the last days and the lawlessness will be revealed
    We know this will come
    When we see these things look up our redemption draweth nigh
    He’s coming for the ones that kept it real kept his commandments and feared him.
  • bvi (12/05/2023, 16:19) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    The “B” in BVI stands for Big Man not Botty Boy!!!
    God says No!! We say No!!
  • WOW (12/05/2023, 16:20) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just think about what God will do to this country if the Government allow these kind of act into a God fearing country
  • cap (12/05/2023, 18:37) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I personally find it disgusting that people can dictate the legal ability for two people to get married regardless of their sexual orientation. Gay people are not the problem, IGNORANT and intolerant people are the real problem. Religion and politics should not mix. Live and let live. If someones actions doesn’t hurt or affect you in any way, ITS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS WHAT THEY DO. Let people live their lives and be happy.
  • HELLO or OHELL (12/05/2023, 21:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    What we should be doing is trying to help these lost souls or soulless beings not plunge into the same mess. This world has totally lost it Caucasians need to be relieved of the power to destroy our planet. There is a Galactic Order in Council.. tic tok...tic tok.
  • @ Enough Already (12/05/2023, 21:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Put the rat to mind the cheese and you won't have to worry? Keep dreaming.
  • HMMM (12/05/2023, 21:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Franklin Rawson (15/05/2023, 05:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are threes basic things to having an effective family debate that not everyone knows.

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