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Buggery law conscience vote for parliament soon

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2013 | 6:59 PM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

The Minister with responsibility Information Senator Sandrea Falconer says the government is to take the matter of the review of the Buggery Law to the parliament shortly.

Senator Falconer told reporters at today’s post-Cabinet press briefing that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller remains committed to her promise on the issue.

In the lead up to the General Elections in 2011 Simpson Miller said she would support a conscience vote in the House of Representatives on reviewing the buggery law.

However, the matter was not a priority on the government’s agenda as it sought to secure a deal with the International Monetary Fund.

Senator Falconer said with the IMF deal out of the way effort is underway to address the matter of the buggery law.

Gay right lobby groups have complain that little action has been taken by the government since the prime minister made the announcement.

The Supreme Court is to begin hearing an application by gay rights activist Javed Jaghai on June 25 who is seeking the go ahead to the Constitutional Court to challenge the buggery law.


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