T&T Political Parties Consider Gay Rights

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If either the People’s National Movement, PNM or the Independent Liberal Party, ILP, win the September 7 general election in Trinidad and Tobago, the issue of rights for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or LGBT community, will be on the agenda.

That’s according to PNM leader, Dr. Keith Rowley and the ILP’s Jack Warner.

Responding to questions at his party’s manifesto launch yesterday, Dr. Rowley said while the document did not address same-sex marriage, changing the country’s homosexuality laws would not be ignored under a PNM government.

He says while gay rights is a fashionable issue, it requires a national discussion.

Dr. Rowley says the matter is a sensitive issue and the T-and-T population must be prepared to participate in those talks.

Warner, whose ILP is contesting general elections for the first time, expressed a similar view.

He said the time is right for T-and-T to begin the discussion on gay rights.