Cayman Clergy Bash Gay Law
Newscenter, February 5, 2001
By Beth Shapiro
Georgetown, Cayman Islands Church leaders have
begun a petition to protest a British order decriminalizing homosexual act in
the Caymans and it other Caribbean territories.
Britain scrapped laws after local legislatures refused to do so in order to
bring the Commonwealth into line with European standards. The move was greated
with cheers from gay and lesbian leaders but church leaders throughout the
British Caribbean were outraged.
The petition that is being circulated on the Caymans says those who sign
"object to enacting legislation against the will of the people of the
Cayman Islands," said the Rev. Al Ebanks, chairman of the Cayman
"The people of the Cayman Islands as well as other overseas
territories have made it abundantly clear what our position is on this
matter," Ebanks said recently. "I dont know any partnership that
could survive on the basis of this kind of one-sided relationship."
He said the petition would be turned over to the Cayman Islands legislature
and its British governor.
It is doubtful they petitions will do much good. Britain has said it does
not intend to alter the legislalation.