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No to referendum on gay rights

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: The recent poll results in The Gleaner's lead story, 'No way to gays' (October 6, 2014) show how such issues should not be entrusted to a referendum, but by an act of Parliament.

The report included information on a previously published 2008 Johnson poll that "revealed that 70 per cent of Jamaicans believe homosexuals and lesbians should not be entitled to the same basic rights and privileges enjoyed by heterosexual Jamaicans".

Herein lies Jamaica's handicap that fuels even the abuse of agents of the State on ordinary citizens. There is no respect for human rights.

The concept of human rights is based on two convictions: (a) that certain actions against other human beings are wrong, no matter what; and (b) that in all circumstances, all people are entitled to respect and proper treatment as human beings.

Christians' involvement in human rights should be for both the fundamental dignity of all human beings as creatures of God and the Great Command to love our neighbour." Sadly, these principles are missing both from the ordinary citizen and faith-based organisations.

DUDLEY C. MCLEAN

dm15094@gmail.com

Mandeville, Manchester