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Gay Rights Come to Caribbean, January 3, 2001

By Ben Thompson, Newscenter

Grand Cayman — Gay rights have finally come to Britain’s Caribbean colonies. On New Year’s Day a law passed by the British parliament, over the objections of the colonies went into effect, abolishing the laws against sodomy between consenting adults.

The repeal came after two years of debate in which local politicians feared that altering the stance on sodomy would be an unpopular move. Britain needed to force the change in order to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.

Religious leaders in the Caribbean have promised to protest against the changes. The repeal covers Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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