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Mayor Davis to challenge Pride ruling

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 1:45 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau:

Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis will be challenging Monday’s Supreme Court ruling that granted the gay-rights group Montego Bay Pride an interim order that allows them to rent the Montego Bay Cultural Centre for an upcoming event.

Davis, who believes the event does not square with the intended purpose of the centre, yesterday declared that he will continue his effort to block the group from using the public facility.

“We have instructed our attorney to file an appeal,” Davis said in response to the Supreme Court ruling, which Montego Bay Pride has hailed as a victory for their cause.

When The Gleaner contacted his office yesterday for comment on his plans, a representative said that on the instruction of his lawyers, the mayor would not be granting any further interviews on the matter.

As was the case with the mayor’s initial decision, the Supreme Court ruling dominated discussions on the streets of the western city yesterday as numerous persons voiced support for the mayor.

“I don‘t want him to back down, even if we affi walk and pick up collection fi pay him lawyer dem,” a vendor told The Gleaner. “We can’t have dem wicked people yah a fly up inna God face, so de mayor, as we first citizen, have a right to stand up against this nastiness.”