Caribbean Catholics Protest Pro-Gay Proposal
December 20, 2001
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 Old and New Testament salvation
history about the moral unacceptability of homosexual relations,"
according to a statement by the Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference,
quoted in part by the Jamaica Gleaner. The bishops spoke out after a
government-appointed committee on rights reform recommended last week that
homosexual acts in private between consenting adults be decriminalized.
Homosexuality is illegal in Jamaica and frowned upon by many people in the
island nations of the English-speaking Caribbean. The United Kingdom, the
former colonial ruler of many of the islands, has been urging governments to
liberalize antigay laws.
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