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Why school or military flags weren't raised after other US shootings? - Lobby group asks

Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 10:10 AM
A multicoloured flag flies at half mast below the United States flag at the US embassy in Jamaica yesterday.
Marlene Malahoo Forte

The Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte is receiving more support for her statements.

The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society says hoisting of the LGBT flag by the US Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica is a clear political message of the US Government’s commitment to advance LGBT ‘rights’.

It says it is saddened that the aftermath of the tragic deaths has now taken on a political tone.

The group questions why the embassy did not raise school or military flags in the wake of similar shootings at Sandy Hook and Fort Hood, but thought it necessary to raise the rainbow flag.

It says while the US Embassy Kingston is considered to be on US soil, the Embassy is still a guest of the Jamaican Government and people and is expected to conduct its affairs in a respectful manner.

The statement by the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society follows one by the Lawyers Christian fellowship calling for the flag to be taken down.

Yesterday, that group cautioned Washington and its embassy in Kingston against using the tragedy to push the LGBT agenda on Jamaica.