Gov’t Rejects Call from International Community to Remove Buggery Law, Legalise Same Sex Marriages

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Justice Minister, Senator Mark Golding says Jamaica is NOT in support of the removal of the buggery law or the legalization of same sex marriages, despite the repeated calls coming from sections of the international community.

Minister Golding made the remark today as he updated the Senate on his recent visit to Geneva, Switzerland, where he attended a meeting of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights.

Cecil Thoms has more in this report.

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Addressing the Senate this morning, Minister Golding says the issue of the removal of the buggery law and the institution of gay marriage were raised by members of the international community.
But the Minister says Jamaica is not in support of any move to make those changes to local laws.

In the lead up to the December 2011, General Election, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller commented that her administration would undertake a review of the buggery law.

Mrs. Simpson Miller also said a conscience vote would be held in parliament.

Minister Golding says the Government is serious about protecting all Jamaicans, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Minister Golding says he communicated to Jamaica’s international partners that there’s been a reduction in hate music against members of the LGBT community.



Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.


2 thoughts on “Gov’t Rejects Call from International Community to Remove Buggery Law, Legalise Same Sex Marriages

  1. kennethreeves

    Sometimes I think the International Community has an hidden-agenda: Is it that they are promoting birth control, without actually saying so?

  2. chikV2Ebola

    The PM said in 2011 that she would allow a conscience vote on removal of the buggery law! It’s about time she fulfill that promise !

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