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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