by Larry Smith
"Under the present constitution, the way in which Bahamian citizenship is conferred on the spouses and children of Bahamian women is, to say the least, irregular.” — COB lecturer Nicolette Bethel in 2002
But to get the main point of the amendments, it is not really necessary to delve into the mind-numbing details. The main point is simply that Bahamian women and men should have the same rights under the law.
Not special rights, not different rights, but equal rights. Women should have the same rights as men. Period.
You would think that a nation which spent so much of the 20th century doggedly pursing equality would be united today over equal rights for women to pass on citizenship to their children and spouses. You would think that a constitutional provision to prevent discrimination against more than half the population would be entirely non-controversial.
But you would be wrong.