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Objective scrutiny of gay marriages

Published:Thursday | June 12, 2014 | 12:00 AM


As long as freedom of religion remains in the Jamaican Constitution, arguments against putting gay marriage on the books will not be able to stand up to objective scrutiny.

Let me state categorically that, as a Christian, I am against the homosexual lifestyle and against legalising gay marriage. However, from a purely intellectual and objective standpoint, I don't see how one can, legitimately, fairly and logically, argue against putting gay marriage into law, while, Jamaicans have the deeply entrenched right/freedom to practise one or more anti-Christian religions, if they so desire. Many who oppose gay marriage do so from a biblical/Christian standpoint.

However, this position falls flat on its face because if, in defence of Christianity, you say that it's wrong to make gay marriage legal, how can it be right to allow the free practice of non/anti-Christian religions, including Satanism, Buddhism and Hinduism? Is that not significantly worse than making gay marriage legal?

Last, there will always be laws that we agree with and those that we disagree with. However, for the sake of peace, unity and harmony, sometimes it's best to make a particular act legal, even if we disagree with that act, in both practice and principle.

Patrick A. Gallimore