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Repeal Jamaica's buggery law

Published:Monday | May 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM


There is no justified or compelling reason for the State to legislate how grown people conduct themselves in the privacy of their home. The right to self-determination is personal, so long as such action is not endangering the well-being of another.

Similarly, the right of a person to marry another, regardless of gender, is a civil right, and those of us who are heterosexuals must respect and celebrate such relationships where commitment is evident and willingly expressed.

Take note of the current trend: heterosexual marriages in Jamaica are few and far apart. But whether or not, and seriously speaking, I would not consider it objectionable to facilitate the exchange of marriage vows between any two persons who are so committed, if such action were legally permissible. Such marriages are taking place every day in Canada, the states of California, New York, New Jersey and certain European countries, as well as South Africa.

THe fight continues

Persons of colour must never lose sight of the fact that the fight for civil rights did not end with adult suffrage. The political leaders of Jamaica must continue with what Professor Trevor Munroe referred to as "the constitutional decolonisation of Jamaica" in the 1960s.

Let us not forget that it was not so long ago that a black man in the southern United States could not legally marry a white woman, as interracial marriage was not permitted. Even as recent as the 1980s, interracial dating was not allowed on some US college campuses.

Currently, Jamaica's buggery law stands out like a sore thumb. This law interferes with the individual's right to privacy, and it ought to be repealed.


Springfield, St Elizabeth