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Same-sex rights are human rights

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

CHEERS TO The Gleaner for its progressive stance on the human-rights issue of same-sex rights. All Jamaicans deserve equal opportunities and treatment under the law, not just us Christians (I am a Christian).

Humanity is evolving, and as the world changes, Jamaica and Jamaicans follow and/or lead our fellow humans in different fields of endeavour.

The anti-buggery laws and mindset exist in all former British colonies. These are remnants of colonial Victorian thinking, which the 'mother country' England has progressed beyond, while many in the colonies remain 'more British than the British'.

In Jamaica, the faces of the tellers in the commercial banks reflect the Jamaican people, where at one time you could not work in a bank in Jamaica if you were not white. My Aunt Olive, quarter Scot, quarter Jewish, half Chinese, was the first non-white woman to work in a bank in Jamaica.

In America, not so long ago, the law forbade a black and white person marrying. In Canada where I worked as a banker, the land titles on properties in Vancouver had restrictive covenants that forbade ownership by Chinese and other non-whites.

We have come a long way as humans, but still have a ways to go. Lest we forget, the law should serve all Jamaicans ... not just the majority, nor a minority, but all Jamaicans ... 'Out of Many, One People'.

Paul Chang

paulchang@flowja.com

St Ann