Jamaican Politician: "I would Allow Gays in the Cabinet."

Published: May 5, 2014

In an interview on May 1, Jamaican opposition leader Andrew Holness said that, if he becomes prime minister, he would allow gays in his cabinet.

This rather innocuous statement represents a major shift from the views of his immediate predecessor, former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding. In a now infamous 2008 BBC interview, Golding declared that gays would not be a part of his administration.

Holness’s declaration is even more remarkable in light of his studied refusal to address the issue during a 2011 national leadership debate. While his opponent, Portia Simpson-Miller, readily supported the inclusion of gays, and proposed a Parliamentary conscience vote to review the country’s 1864 British colonially imposed anti-sodomy law, Holness equivocated.

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