Jamaica’s major newspaper backs LGBTI rights


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Jamaica’s major daily, the Gleaner, today published an editorial supporting the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling and calling on Jamaica to take a similar course.

In contrast to the United States, the editorial states, in Jamaica “there is still much work to be done to lift official discrimination from large swathes of Jamaica’s citizens and to provide them with equality under the law.”

“Jamaica remains stuck on first base” on that issue, the Gleaner states.

Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller (Photo courtesy of PRI) The Gleaner calls on Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller to stop delaying action of LGBTI rights (Photo courtesy of PRI)

The nation’s “anti-buggery” law, which dates from British colonial times and which conservative politicians and religious leaders defend fiercely, the editorial calls an “anachronistic” restriction that “maintains the State as voyeur.”

It describes the Jamaican ban on anal sex as “the basis for the illegality of ultimate sexual expression among gay…

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