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.