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Caribbean Bishops Oppose Jamaica Proposal on Gays

Reuters, December 18, 2001

KINGSTON, Jamaica—Roman Catholic bishops in the Caribbean have protested against recommendations that Jamaica decriminalize homosexual acts, calling such behavior immoral, the country’s main newspaper reported on Tuesday.

"There is an obvious consistency in the Old and New Testament salvation history about the moral unacceptability of homosexual relations," Monsignor Richard Albert, speaking on behalf of Caribbean bishops, was quoted as saying by the Daily Gleaner.

The bishops spoke out after a government-appointed committee on rights reform recommended last week that homosexual acts in private between consenting adults should be decriminalized.

Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica and frowned upon by many people in the island nations of the English-speaking Caribbean. Former colonial power Britain has been urging governments to liberalize anti-gay laws.

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