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AUDIO: Senator Golding says Reuters anti-buggery laws report false

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2014 | 8:49 AM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio

Justice Minister Mark Golding has dismissed as false comments attributed to him by an international news agency that the parliament is to hold a conscience vote by the end of March on whether the anti-buggery laws should be repealed.

In a story published on January 18, the Reuters News agency said it had been told by Senator Golding that a vote in parliament would take place before the end of the legislative year in March.

The agency said Golding said this would open the door for the law to be reviewed possibly later in 2014.

However, in an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre Senator Golding said he said no such thing.

Senator Golding says it would have been inappropriate for him to give a timeline as the matter is to be discussed by Cabinet.

In addition, Senator Golding says given the many pieces of legislation the parliament is required to pass before the end of the legislative year, there is no way that a vote on the buggery law could be facilitated at this time.

Noting that he had emailed his response to the news agency, he says he does not understand how there could have been misunderstanding.

Senator Golding says since hearing of the story he has contacted Reuters regarding the comments attributed to him in the story.

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