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JFLAG says Jamaicans reacted emotionally to buggery poll

Published:Tuesday | October 7, 2014 | 10:47 PM

Pro-gay lobby group, JFLAG, says if more rational thought were given to the concerns about the buggery law, as many as nine out of ten Jamaicans would not be against repealing it.



A Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll revealed that 91 per cent of Jamaicans are against having the anti-sodomy law struck from the books.



JFLAG’s executive director, Dane Lewis says the results are not surprising.



However, he adds, that the poll does not mean that Jamaicans believe gays should not have rights.



He says though there are several reasons that can explain the views of Jamaicans, most persons responded emotionally and that may account for the overwhelming support for the anti-gay law.



Meanwhile, JFLAG says even with the disappointing data, there is a growing number of Jamaicans who support equal recognition of the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.



The Gleaner/Bill Johnson Poll revealed that more than 60 per cent of Jamaicans believe that gays should not have the same rights as other people.



However, the poll shows that most Jamaicans believe gay people are not treated fairly by the police nor courts.



The Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, says Jamaica's stance in favour of the buggery law, is wise because of what it calls the sexual rights agenda being pushed by gay supporters.



The poll, which involved interviews with 1,208 residents of Jamaica, has a margin of error of plus or minus three per cent.



It was conducted on September 6-7 and September 13-14.



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