Church Backs Mayor Davis In Gay Rights Fight

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The church has thrown its support behind the St James Municipal Corporation, SJMC, and Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis.

Both the SJMC and its chairman, Mayor Davis, are scheduled to face the Supreme Court today for a judicial review of an earlier decision to ban a LGBT group from using the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.

Chairman of the St James Ministers’ Fraternal, Reverend Peter Burnett, who was leading devotion at last week Thursday’s monthly general meeting of the municipal corporation took the time to encourage the mayor and the corporation.

Founder of the group Montego Bay Pride, Maurice Tomlinson, on Tuesday, September 24, filed a lawsuit against Mayor Davis and the corporation for banning the group from using the Cultural Centre to host a week of events on LGBT Advocacy.

The decision to bar the group was made on September 12 during the corporation’s monthly general meeting.

Mayor Davis had reportedly stated that nothing must be done to disturb the sacredness and purpose for the establishment of the cultural centre.

Montego Bay Pride has claimed that their constitutional rights have been breached.

However, Reverend Burnett says it’s important for people to protect what is theirs.

Reverend Peter Burnett, Chairman of the St James Ministers’ Fraternal.

Meanwhile, Mayor Davis also expressed his gratitude for the church’s support at last week’s monthly general meeting.

Homer Davis, Mayor of Montego Bay.

The corporation has retained the services of the law firm, Henlin Gibson Henlin while Tomlinson, a lawyer, is being represented by attorneys from Jamaicans for Justice, JFJ.




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