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Jamaican Prime Minister: “No Acceptance of Same-Sex Unions”

Timothy Kincaid

October 14th, 2009

jamaica-flag.bmpJamaica’s parliament is considering a major proposed amendment to the constitution relating to rights and Bruce Golding, the Prime Minister, wants everyone to know that they aren’t even considering rights for gay citizens. (AP)

“I make no apology in saying decisively and emphatically that the government of Jamaica remains irrevocably opposed to the recognition, legitimization or acceptance of same-sex marriages or same-sex unions,” Golding said on Tuesday.

“There is the possibility that sometime in the future parliament could pass a law that says same-sex unions are legal but it won’t be done in this parliament. Not as long as I sit here.”

Although his words were limited to the legality of same-sex unions, Golding has made it abundantly clear that he sees no need to rein in the culture of anti-gay violence, hatred and murder that permeates all aspects of Jamaican life.

Let this serve as a reminder that whether or not you are gay, you should not consider Jamaica as a safe place to vacation. Those who celebrate the murder of gay men and women will not hesitate to find some reason to celebrate the mistreatment of you too.

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Howie
October 14th, 2009 | LINK

http://www.snapvine.com/bp/XCOAurjAEd6twQAwSFxytA
The PM’s clip

I guess we don’t exist if the presnt JLP administration has its way.

http://www.snapvine.com/bp/exu38rjkEd6GMAAwSFxx0g
my ranting on the issue

Feedback please

http://gayjamaicawatch.blogspot.com/

Jim
October 14th, 2009 | LINK

I feel the same way about Jamaica as I do about Uganda. I’d boycott Jamaica, but they don’t make any product I’d buy.

V L Sceugga
October 14th, 2009 | LINK

Dear Homophobes

We will never spend our money on your islamd.

Duncan
October 15th, 2009 | LINK

That is “rein”, as in the bridle of a horse, not “reign”, which is the noun and verb of the reach of a government.
It’s one of those mistakes that always annoy me. Sorry.

Timothy Kincaid
October 16th, 2009 | LINK

Duncan,

Yep. Corrected. Thanks

Brina
November 14th, 2009 | LINK

This is just outlandish! You cannot simply say that just because some aspect of the Jamaican culture is against homosexualtiy, that it is an unsafe place to live. There a vicious acts carried out all over in the world but that does not make a place unsafe. In this time no one place is safer than the other. Do not be quick to come to a conclusion about a country based on mere principles, not even shared by everyone there.

Timothy Kincaid
November 15th, 2009 | LINK

Sorry, Brina, but you are wrong.

Some places are more violent than others. Some places have cultures of death and hatred. Some places have leaders in their government, church, popular music, and community that call for the murder of gay people and other places do not.

The sad fact is that Jamaica has a culture of hatred and murder towards gay people. And that hatred and violence filters over to those whom they might suspect are gay, those who are supportive of gays, and pretty much anyone else they decide to hate and murder.

It is an unsafe place to live. You are lying to yourself.

Rather than defend the culture of hatred and violence, why don’t you do something to change it?

dominique
March 8th, 2010 | LINK

no gay thing round here….

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