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Gays already have rights

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I note with interest an article in The Gleaner of Monday, June 18, 2012, captioned 'Give gays minimum human rights now, urges US'.

First, the caption is designed to evoke sympathy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups as though they were completely disenfranchised in our society. May I point out that the LGBT groups have all the normal human rights afforded to every other individual in our society. The one so-called human right that they feel they lack is that which would require the overturning of the law on anal penetration.

This would set a dangerous precedent, and if carried to its logical conclusion would leave our society in anarchy because other persons who practise paedophilia, zoophilia, and others could agitate to have laws changed in their favour based on 'sexual rights'.

In seeking to evoke sympathy for homosexuals, this statement was made: "There are certain minimum standards that all societies are meant to protect for each person, and people shouldn't be thrown in jail or killed for who they are."

Same-sex attraction is not a crime in Jamaica, and jail time is not compulsory for anal penetration. The law allows for sentences like community service and fines.

The phrase "for who they are" equally deputy applies to serial killers, serial rapists, child molesters, stalkers, pathological liars, thieves and many other sick members of the society who, by practising these things, have become such persons.

I am sure that Mr Daniel Baer, the deputy assistant secretary of state, wouldn't want his phrase "shouldn't be thrown in jail or killed" to be applied to these persons.

The defence that homosexuals are born that way and so should be allowed to behave in any way they choose does not hold water because all of us are born sinners because of man's fallen nature. But that does not give us a licence to sin. Human beings live with sexual temptation. The temptation is not sin, but acting on the temptation is sin.

May those who find themselves leaning in that direction ask their Creator to strengthen them so that their lives may be pleasing to Him.

GORDON RUSSELL

russellgordon19@gmail.com