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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