The island nation of Bermuda is bucking the "progressive" trend and pushing back on homosexual marriage.
Homosexual activists in Bermuda have been pushing for a right to same-sex marriage but they lost when a 2016 referendum didn't go their way. Unable to convince voters, they took to the courts to force it on the unwilling population.
That high court decision was announced last May, but then came passage of the Domestic Partnership Act 2017 last December.
The new law allows domestic partnerships in the British territory but effectively bans same-sex marriage, alarming LGBT activists and their left-wing allies.
"Bermuda revokes same-sex marriage rights in a world first," warns an NPR headline.
"Bermuda to ban same-sex marriage just months after it was legalized," NBC News reported.
Speaking to OneNewsNow, Pastor Paul Heffernan of Evangelical Church of Bermuda says the activists have been attempting to use the court decision to their advantage by pushing those with a biblical view of marriage out of the conversation and debate.
"The accusations of bigotry and hatred against those who hold these traditional values or religious values has been quite hurtful toward the Church," he says, "and because of that many have said, We're not going to speak out any more in regard to this."
That surrender would mean the activists won the debate but Heffernan says Bermudans are a conservative lot, and many refused to stay quiet and pushed back, leading to the compromise law.
The new law comes after Bermudans were asked in a non-binding referendum if they support same-sex marriage or same-sex civil unions.
Sixty-eight percent responded that they oppose same-sex marriage and 63 percent stated they opposed same-sex civil unions.
"The vast majority of people that took part in the poll," the pastor correctly recalls, "said that they were not in favor of either of those options."
Yet the homosexual activists complained after the results were announced, telling the left-wing Vice News that it was hastily announced; that they had few "Yes, Yes" volunteers to fight the "Preserve Marriage" side; and that many polling stations were located inside churches, among other excuses.
The new law allows homosexual couples legal courtesies like hospital visitation, tax breaks and inheritance rights. But it's no longer marriage and, like many compromises, neither side is very happy.
Pastor Heffernan says activists will try every trick in the book to get marriage back.
"If it's going to follow the regular pattern that we've seen globally," he says, "then I believe that it will be a stepping stone unless the Lord intervenes in some way."
Meanwhile, he says the hatred and bigotry toward people of faith needs to stop.