Friday, May 13, 2016

Amendments Explained


Amendment 1
Under this proposed change to the Constitution, a child born outside The Bahamas would become a Bahamian citizen at birth if either its mother or father is a citizen of The Bahamas by birth.
 
BOTTOM LINE: Gives Bahamian women the same right as Bahamian men to pass citizenship to their child born abroad when the other parent is not Bahamian.

Amendment 2
Under this proposed change to the Constitution, the foreign spouse of a Bahamian citizen would be entitled to apply for and obtain citizenship subject to satisfying: (i) existing national security or public policy considerations; and (ii) new provisions guarding against marriages of convenience. 
 
BOTTOM LINE: Gives Bahamian women the same right as men to have their spouse apply for Bahamian citizenship after 10 years of residing together.

Amendment 3
Under this proposed change to the Constitution, a Bahamian father of a person born out of wedlock would be able to pass his citizenship to that person, subject to legal proof that he is the father.
 
BOTTOM LINE: Gives Bahamian men the same right as women to pass citizenship to their children born out of wedlock, if they can prove paternity through DNA evidence.

Amendment 4
Under this proposed change to the Constitution, it would be unlawful to discriminate based on "sex", which would be defined as "being male or female," with the effect that women and men would have equal rights under the Constitution.
 
BOTTOM LINE: Prevents Parliament from passing any new laws that discriminate against either men or women, so that our sons and daughters are considered equal under the law.

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