Jamaican paper pushes gay marriage; should gays worry?

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Jamaica Gleaner logoThe Jamaica Gleaner newspaper, the country’s most influential and probably its largest, has endorsed same-sex marriage, which local LGBT rights activists have not been pushing for.

In passing, the newspaper’s editorial spoke against the “buggery law” that makes male homosexual activity a crime in Jamaica. That law has been local activists’ primary target.

Javed Jaghai of the LGBT rights group J-FLAG is  challenging the constitutionality of the Jamaican “buggery law.” Javed Jaghai of the LGBT rights group J-FLAG is challenging the constitutionality of the Jamaican “buggery law.”

The editorial stated that Jamaica’s law against same-sex marriage “has its foundation in a deep-seated, if slowly receding, homophobia that has caused us to maintain the buggery provisions, which, essentially, criminalise male homosexuality and allows the State the role of commissar of sexual preferences and to invade the privacy of people’s bedrooms. It matters nought that the power is little used; its existence is chilling.”

One activist commented about the editorial, “This was totally unexpected! The Jamaican LGBT community…

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