And that no person offending in any such offence shall be admitted to his Clergy So it is also possible that he or his advisers may have had this use in mind when the bill was drafted. He was also accused of buggery. In his case, the sentence was commuted to imprisonment and he was released in less than a year. He went on to become headmaster of Westminster School. However, it was re-enacted by Queen Elizabeth I in

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It was not clear yesterday if the Belize Government would be appealing the ruling. Speechless," Unibam tweeted yesterday just after the ruling. There were suggestions yesterday that the ruling could strengthen efforts to do away with similar laws in several other former British colonies in the Caribbean, including Jamaica. He pointed out that the Belize case will serve as a reference in terms of jurisprudence for any case in the rest of the region, especially given the similarities of the laws across the countries.

I would argue that the judge in the Belize case, like the judges in the United States, have operated in the framework that this buggery law represents some sort of a human rights construct. I disagree with that because homosexuality is abnormal. The American Psychiatric Association ruled that it was not abnormal, but they were pressured to do so," he told the Jamaica Observer. He also characterised the turning back of referenda against gay marriages in some states in the US as "a sort of tyranny of the judiciary".

Lewis said, however: "It is a human right. At the root of it we are all human beings first, with the same dignity and rights that should be recognised by the State. He said India treats the LGBT movement as a political one and that the judgement had therefore been referred back to the legislature.

They also have high rates of syphilis and gonorrhoea," he argued. In Jamaica, there are strong views against same sex relationships and I do not see that changing in the near future. There is a strong view in the Jamaican culture, and people are not prepared to embrace that way of life," he stated.

Gay rights activist and attorney-at-law Maurice Tomlinson filed a constitutional motion against the Attorney General in to have the anti-sodomy law revoked in relation to adult consensual sex. Tomlinson has also had an immigration case rejected by the Caribbean Court of Justice.

The Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party, which won the February 25 general election, said that the buggery law would be one of several issues that would be put to the people in a referendum.

However, there has been no indication since the Government took office in March if it still planned to go that route. Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere.


What is buggery ?

The slave communities in Jamaica and the rest of the British Caribbean were made up of men and women from West Africa, the men being more sought after by slave owners. By this point, Jamaica had already gained its independence in , and thus its buggery law adopted from the British constitution , is still in force to this day. Unnatural Offences. Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of buggery, committed either with mankind or with any animal, shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding ten years.


Buggery Act 1533

Tweet The country is once again embroiled in a debate over whether Jamaica should remove buggery from the list of offences known to our criminal law. Let me make it clear, I am not against debate. I love and embrace them, as I do all people. No one in the country has any greater care or commitment to love and serve individuals whose lifestyle is less than the society considers honourable, and I have the scars to prove it.

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