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Lowe sticking to his position on gender neutral laws

Not stepping down!

Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe says he is not prepared to bend over backwards to accommodate the wishes of the local gay community, which has been calling for him to resign.

Last week, in a strongly worded statement carried on the back page of Barbados TODAY’s November 19 publication, the Barbados – Gays, Lesbians, and All-Sexuals against Discrimination, otherwise known as B-GLAD, called on Lowe to demit office over suggestions that he would rather resign his ministerial position than support the passage of gender-neutral domestic violence laws.

In its press release, B-GLAD roundly condemned the Minister’s statements, describing them as not only “irresponsible and antediluvian” but also “archaic and non-progressive”. The group also suggested that recognising his position as a Minister of Parliament, Lowe should recant, saying the comments reflected “appallingly” not only on Lowe, but on Barbados as a whole.

B-GLAD also pointed to a 2013 letter it said it had received from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, in which he had vowed that his Government remained committed to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and had declared that it would remain dedicated “to lobbying, both regionally and internationally against discrimination against any Barbadian citizen, inclusive of those who do not conform to heteronormative societal construct”.

However, in an equally strong response to the media today, an unapologetic Lowe insisted that he was not prepared to go back on his word, while stating that, as a Christian, he could not condemn anyone.

Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe

Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe

“I stand by my word. I will not recant my conscience. My conscience is like my skin. I cannot walk away from it. So just as anybody has the right to have a gay relationship, whether it is in Barbados or they go to France, that’s their choice and that’s their right. God will be the judge. But if I say, I will not comply with any such request or practise, isn’t that my right?”

The embattled Government Minister, who has received the backing of members of the local clergy and some others on this issue, also made it clear that “the only calls for my resignation that matters is the Prime Minister’s”.

“If the Prime Minister calls me tomorrow and says, ‘I am revoking your appointment as minister of the crown’, then that would cause me concern,” he said.

“[But} if someone has freely expressed their views on how the society ought to be without any consequence and someone responds and expresses his or her view on how the society ought to be, who has committed the crime?” he asked during a press conference.

The Minister’s initial comments came in response to a discussion which had been triggered by a move within the Opposition Barbados Labour Party to have gender-neutral domestic violence legislation brought before Parliament.

A resolution to that effect was tabled by the party’s Christ Church East branch at last month’s 76th Annual Conference of the BLP, seeking to place same-sex couples on the same level as heterosexual couples in any new domestic law.

However, it aroused the ire of some members of the Mia Mottley-led party, including St George South MP Dwight Sutherland, St Michael East MP Trevor Prescod, St Michael North MP Ronald Toppin and St James Central MP Kerrie Symmonds, who reportedly came out strongly against the move when it came up at the parliamentary group level.

The move had also not gone down well with members of the Christ Church East branch in whose name the resolution was brought by the constituency’s caretaker Wilfred Abrahams.

In a letter dated November 4, 2014 to General Secretary of the BLP Dr Jerome Walcott, the branch’s executive body was adamant that the resolution was never discussed                         at the branch level.

“We wish to emphatically state that the branch has had no knowledge of the resolution whatsover, prior to its presentation to the conference; has absolutely not participated in any discussion, let alone any drafting of such resolution; and was totally unaware of its contents.

“On behalf of the Christ Church East branch of the BLP, we the duly elected officers of this constituency branch, having discussed these circumstances at a meeting held on Monday, November 3, 2014, formally ask that the National Executive Council of the party at its next held meeting takes note and duly records the foregoing, which deeply offends the branch procedurally as well as, by implication, suggests the branch’s acquiescence and/or support of any formal legislative recognition of non-heterosexual relationships at this time, and where there has been no engagement nor discussion on the matter.

“We further ask that this objection be formally registered as correspondence at the staging of the next annual conference of the party,” the branch executive added in its letter, which has been obtained by Barbados TODAY.     

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17 Responses to UNMOVED

  1. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins November 25, 2014 at 1:51 am

    You should for not doing your job and take the others with you.

  2. DW Ananke
    DW Ananke November 25, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Lol, step down for what…..and leave that salary….ha……..Next time, don’t use the bible to validate your position- It makes prudent individuals doubt your cognitive skills.

    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith November 25, 2014 at 5:07 am

      There’s no greater authority known to mankind but the Word of God to invalidate the obnoxious, self-righteous attitudes and expectations of the “gay” but homosexual community. Nation s have been destroyed because of such cohabitations…men with men (and women too!) working that which is unseemly…Shame!!

    • Cheryl A Rollins
      Cheryl A Rollins November 25, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Let him know that the gay community vote too. Damn fool! You want them to vote for your ass though.smh

  3. Gregston Griffith
    Gregston Griffith November 25, 2014 at 2:16 am

    Lowe The BLP was in power for 14 years and they never even bring this “shit” up for vote cause they know the Barbadian public would have be mad ad hell but now that they in opposition with a leader who have agenda want to do the “backward” move we are forward thinking people . B-GLAD should be ashamed of self Lowe I am backing you 100% so let them bring it on

  4. Omowale Elson
    Omowale Elson November 25, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Really, I think he is very serious! Wow, such logic! Our debating society at Parkinson School would have made minced meat of his “reasoning.”

  5. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson November 25, 2014 at 5:29 am

    You were singing a diffrent song the other day or you did not think of the compilication of it

  6. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall November 25, 2014 at 5:36 am

    You really need to think before you talk, please let Steve teach you how to speak in public.

  7. Cisco Wolf
    Cisco Wolf November 25, 2014 at 6:40 am

    “My conscience is like my skin.” – said the good Dr.

  8. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams November 25, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Dr. Lowe you must also learn how to lay low. Public speaking is not one of your strengths but I admire your stand.

  9. Olutoye Walrond
    Olutoye Walrond November 25, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Mr. Lowe you are knocking down the straw man you built. Of course you have a right to say you do not support a particular life style. No one should attack you for that. But as a Minister of government you do not have the right to discriminate against any part of the population in the making of law. Your laws must apply to all equally. It is therefore very wrong for you to say you will not support laws that protect one group from violence. The wrongness of that screams at you.

    • Adam Forester
      Adam Forester November 25, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      sir i have been watching you from the time i was a boy but do u realy think that gays have any right being equal black dont even have rights nor certain religions gays should stay in them corner just like de rastas have to.

  10. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale November 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

    It appeared that in a video news report by The Nation Barbados that was posted on The Nation Barbados yesterday on their Facebook blog, a Barbados Government Minister of Environment, Lowe, made an insulting remark about Barbados – G.L.A.D the gay activist group calling them mad rather than GLAD and treating the gay community like garbage. I shall say what a shameful Minister the MP in Barbados Government who has no respect for this gay activist group in Barbados who are campaigning for political and social change on the island. Also the Attorney General in the current Barbados Government has iterated more than once he has no intention of decriminalizing homosexuality in Barbados. Perhaps they cannot afford to change their stance as they are handsomely rewarded by the right wing church who have a monopoly in setting their own agenda and can fleece the local population to keep themselves wealthy and in positions of power. The current state of the economy will hopefully show up these people for the money grabbing charlatans they are and allow a sensible debate where the island should focus on restoring the local economy, I for one would encourage tourism including members of the gay community.

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  11. Yvonne Griffith
    Yvonne Griffith November 25, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    The tail does not wag the dog. The gay pride is but a miniscule percentage of the Barbadian population trying to railroad the rest of society into validating the aberration of sodomy and lesbianism. Homos can’t be bullying and dictating to society this abomination under the guise of “equal rights”. As far as I’m aware all Barbadians have equal rights. Gays are using the term “equal rights” as a front to coerce the authorities into validating this obnoxious lifestyle. Homosexuality is iniquity and cannot be tolerated b a holy God. Study your bible with an open mind. God loves the sinner but hates the sin. Plain talk bad manners! It has also been proven that in countries where this lifestyle is law, a significant rise in the incidence of pedophilia manifests.

  12. Tony Waterman November 25, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    After Reading all these Varying Comments about Minister Lowe’s Statement, and assuming that you all arte aware of RIGHT and WRONG, Biblically and Otherwise, why would ANYONE Criticize Minister Lowe for his Stance, and @Olutoye Walrond!!! he is not discriminating against anyone in the MAKING of Law, as he has CLEARLY STATED that he will not support the Bill, That does not mean that the Bill wont Pass. @Cheryl A Rollins!!!! Do you think that the Minister is so STUPID that he does not realize that he is Alienating a percentage of his Voting base???

    I don’t Care what anyone does with their own lives, as it’s theirs to live, but throughout History, all Civilizations that encompassed the Gay Lifestyle, have all faded into obscurity, the best known being SODOM & GOMORRAH and THE GREAT ROMAN EMPIRE.

    “”In Abrahamic religions, Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of divine retribution.””

    the word sodomy, is used in sodomy laws to describe a sexual “crime against nature” consisting of anal or oral sex, either homosexual or heterosexual, or sexual activity between a person and a non-human animal (bestiality). Some Islamic societies incorporate punishments associated with Sodom and Gomorrah into sharia law.

    SO !!! if the Minister is a DEVOUT CHRISTIAN, why are you all asking him to ABANDON his CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES, i though that you would want SOMEONE that stands for SOMETHING

  13. Deirdre Sealy November 25, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    The ‘Minister’ has a right to his own opinion but it is this underlying disgust that he seems to have the gay community that is disquieting. All human beings have the right to freedom and that includes loving who they choose to love, within reason. Between two consenting adults: that is their business. If he wants to resign for any reason, it should be for his inability to handle and lead his ministry ineffectively. This present government are always trying to distract the populace by aggrandizing certain issues without dealing with the biggest issue on all Barbadians’ minds: When are going to get our income tax money?! When are we going to stop suffering economically and socially because of this inept government?!

  14. Anderson Pilgrim November 25, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    All citizens should have the same rights under the law. Their sexual orientation should not be at issue. Equal protection under any of the country’s laws should be the guide for any person serving the people, as politicians do. The Minister is clearly biased and if he does not realize his personal opinion and his responsibilities as a government minister sworn to uphold the law are two different things, he should step down. He should think before he speaks.


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