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Respect due

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 6:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Attorney-General (AG) Malahoo-Forte's tweet essentially spoke to disrespect vis-a-vis Jamaica's laws. Red herrings thrown in by others should not be allowed to confuse us. She deserves the highest commendation and support for the bold stance she has taken as regards the brazen and highly disrespectful flying and parading of the gay flag at the US Embassy in Jamaica. Undoubtedly, Jamaicans sincerely sympathise, given the unfortunate loss of the 49 lives in the USA at the hands of a misguided gunman. Opportunity should not be seized or hatched to advance the gay agenda and fly the gay flag in Jamaica, in utter disregard of Jamaicans, our laws, mores and sensibilities.

Jamaica's Constitution defines marriage as between man and woman. It is clearly against same-sex marriage. Although not used to bother men who have sex with men, it is clear that the anti-buggery law is not in keeping with the gay agenda and what the gay flag represents. It should be borne in mind too that international law (per the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961 Article 41) requires that Embassy personnel respect the laws and regulations of the host state and not interfere in its internal affairs. It is desirable not to violate either the letter or spirit of this law. The AG is absolutely correct.

Respect due. Always.

Athony Barnes

Red Hills

St Andrew