Basis for anti-gay laws: Greed, not morality
Faith and religion / International

Basis for anti-gay laws: Greed, not morality

Greed, not morality, was at the root of England’s original 1553 anti-homosexuality law, which has spawned similar laws in dozens of former British colonies. The Rt. Rev. Alan Wilson made that point during October’s Intimate Conviction conference in Jamaica. Continue reading

Be brave, Anglicans; oppose Jamaica’s anti-gay law
Americas / Europe

Be brave, Anglicans; oppose Jamaica’s anti-gay law

It’s high time for Anglican bishops, priests and lay people in Jamaica to pluck up enough courage and compassion to support the decriminalisation of gay Jamaicans, says the Rev. Colin Coward, founder of the Anglican LGBTI advocacy group Changing Attitude. After attending Montego Bay Pride in Jamaica last month, Coward reflected on the shared history … Continue reading

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Jamaican official appeals: Let me join gay-rights case

Jamaica’s official Public Defender, Arlene Harrison-Henry, has appealed her exclusion from a lawsuit before the Jamaican Supreme Court that seeks to overturn the country’s anti-LGBT sodomy law. Earlier this month, the court blocked the LGBT-friendly Public Defender from participating in the suit as an interested party, but opened it to nine conservative Christian groups. Harrison-Henry alleges … Continue reading

Americas / Commentary

Challenging Jamaica’s bedrock of sexual ignorance

Commentary by Jamaican social activist and journalist Lloyd D’Aguilar: I was in court recently [April 26] to support Maurice Tomlinson’s challenge to the constitutionality of the Jamaican anti-sodomy law.  This law is a relic of colonialism, and it continues today to serve as the bedrock of Jamaica’s prejudice and ignorance about human sexuality. Maurice Tomlinson … Continue reading

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Jamaica: ‘Human rights … should never be put to a vote’

The Rev. Sean Major-Campbell, rector of Christ Church in Vineyard Town, Jamaica, has spoken out against a proposal by newly elected Prime Minister Andrew Holness to hold a referendum on the nation’s anti-gay buggery law, which is a remnant of British rule. Excerpts from Major-Campbell’s commentary in the Jamaica Gleaner: “It does sound good to … Continue reading

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Jamaica: 5 reasons why gay rights vote is a bad idea

Andrew Holness, Jamaica’s new prime minister, proposes a referendum on the nation’s anti-gay buggery law. It’s the sort of idea that initially sounds appealing — just ask Malawian President Peter Mutharika — but is fundamentally flawed. Why should the human rights of a minority depend on the outcome of a majority vote? Jamaican activist Maurice … Continue reading

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Challenge to Jamaican anti-sodomy law gets under way

At the first hearing of my constitutional challenge to the Jamaican anti-sodomy law held today [Feb. 23], the Public Defender (PD) applied to be joined as an Interested Party. The PD is seeking to exercise her statutory right and obligation to protect and promote the rights of Jamaicans. [Editor’s note:  Jamaica’s Public Defender is Arlene … Continue reading