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Buggery bigotry backed by illiterate Jamaicans

Published:Tuesday | October 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The opinion of the people, drawn from a Gleaner-Bill Johnson poll showing that 91 per cent of Jamaicans want the buggery law to stay intact, has no bearing on the fact that legislation is unconstitutional and infringes on the rights of men who have sex with men, including bisexual men.

The Jamaican people may voice their opinions, as they see fit, so long as their misguided, biased and illogical opinions are not used as a determinant in affecting the unconstitutional law.

A significant number of Jamaicans are illiterate, homophobic and lack constructive reasoning abilities. Their reactions and decisions are usually based on ignorance and instant gratification. Thus, they lack the ability to engage in objective reasoning and sensible discussions.

No sensible decision-maker would accept the biased and subjective opinions of homophobic Jamaicans to make a decision as to the repeal of the buggery law.

If gays and MSM were to leave their rights at the mercy of some ignorant and homophobic Jamaicans, they would suffer because they would be entitled to no rights or benefits, as indicated in the Johnson polls.

The decision to repeal the unconstitutional buggery law is one that must be made by sensible and objective lawmakers who respect the international partners and treaties to which they have an obligation.

Gay rights are human rights, and gays are entitled to the same rights as afforded heterosexuals.

The Government of Jamaica, as other governments have already done, should bear in mind the consequences that could be meted out when the United States Global Respect Act comes into effect.

JEREMY SOUTAR

Citizens Advocacy Group

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