Golding and discriminatory laws

Published: November 5, 2010

Within the past two months leaders of two Caribbean countries have joined the call for the decriminalisation of buggery as an effective way to tackle the region’s HIV epidemic.

At a University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, conference on HIV and Human Rights in September, the new prime minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart (an attorney), said that "even if rather than responding to nature’s promptings, [gays] were pursuing this lifestyle as a result of nurture, in which case they may have been exercising some measure of choice, the right to choose in these circumstances was protected by the Constitution …".

At the recent Pan Caribbean Partnerships Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) 10th AGM, the prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas (a medical doctor), said it was time to revisit these discriminatory laws, despite the political overtones.

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