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AG rules out same-sex marriages

The Barbados Government “will not change the law” to allow for same-sex marriages, an adamant Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite has declared.

However, Brathwaite warned the island had no room for discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite
Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite

“As a lawmaker, if Jane decides she wants to live with Janice, that is their business as far I am concerned. But I will not change the law to allow them to be married in Barbados. I will not stop them from being able to access health care, being able to have a job, or to be able to eat and sleep and do all the things I do,” Government’s top legal adviser said last Friday at the official launch of Man Talk, a monthly discussion series organized by the Men’s Fellowship of the Cave Hill Wesleyan Holiness Church.

The more than two-hour discussion, which at times drew heated responses from the panel and the audience, was centred on the topic, Same Sex Relations – A Right Or An Abomination?

Brathwaite stressed that Barbados still held to the norm that marriage must be between a man and a woman.

However, he said same-sex relationships were fast becoming a human rights issue and Barbados would soon have to decide where it stood in light of the positions already taken by several international bodies.

“We are going to have decide as a country if this is so fundamental to our way of life as a country that we are willing to uphold it and deal with the consequences thereof,” he said.

President of Barbados Gays, Lesbian and All-Sexuals Against Discrimination (BGLAD) Donnya Piggott was adamant that the local gay community was not interested in pressuring authorities to legalize same-sex marriages.

She stressed the sole interest of members of the community was the freedom to exercise their right to live free of harassment and discrimination.

One of the heated exchanges which occurred during the panel discussion between spokesman for the gay community Donnya Piggott (left) and Director of the Pure Sex Centre Ambrose Carter.
One of the heated exchanges which occurred during the panel discussion between spokesman for the gay community Donnya Piggott (left) and Director of the Pure Sex Centre Ambrose Carter.

“It’s nothing to do with marriage; marriage is not on our radar . . . . It is not an issue that the LGBT community is trying to grapple with. It is nothing that we have ever said that we wanted . . .

“We want [laws against] discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity put on the law books of Barbados so that if one person is discriminated against whether it is in the workplace; whether it is in a formal setting, that we have a legal recourse to combat the discrimination that we face. Marriage is not on the radar,” she stressed.

Piggott’s comments drew a strong response from Ambrose Carter, director of the Pure Sex Centre, who accused the gay community of using discrimination as a cloak to take forward its agenda.

“When you get these one-off incidents where a gay may have been beaten or something, people want to blow these things out of proportion for their own gain and it is not right to us as a country. Individuals [gays] have lived here even though there are no laws sanctioning it [homosexuality] on the law books. All of us know of gays living as man and woman, or man and man or woman and woman living safe for eons.”

He underscored that Barbados must tread carefully on what it allowed, and raised concern about “new” sex education programmes in schools that distort the image of the family.

Brathwaite is not the first member of the Freundel Stuart Cabinet to come out against the idea of same sex marriages here.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley was emphatic in his opposition to it when he spoke on the subject in May 2015.

Lashley said at the time that while he was “not condemning gay people”, Barbadians had “gone soft” on this and other issues of morality.

“I think we have gone soft on a lot of issues. I am one who has come out publicly and have said that I don’t embrace gay marriages. I have said that and I remain fully of that particular persuasion,” Lashley said then.

“Our morality is under question because we are not firm on who we are . . . . Apparently we are not supposed to talk about it and if we have somebody who says, ‘we are not going to tolerate gay marriages’, apparently you are not being as liberal as you should.

“Well, sorry, I have taken a different approach and I am prepared to say what I don’t tolerate and I am not going to act in breach of any law and I do not think that our law should be changed to accommodate immoral behaviour,” Lashley insisted at the time.

18 Responses to Gay blow

  1. Dexter Israel
    Dexter Israel June 7, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Leviticus 18:22 – Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.

    • Mac10 June 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      So is eating shell fish, so I would avoid Oistins on a Friday if I were you!

    • Leroy June 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      So what about those who dont care for the Bible, does your beliefs still apply and affect them?

  2. BaJan boy June 7, 2016 at 12:55 am

    We understand quite well dumbo AG cause u disrespectfully living with a woman police of the lowest rank over your wife. You just have one moral authority. You gave disgraced this high office and brought our country to gutter with you..

  3. Dexter Israel
    Dexter Israel June 7, 2016 at 12:57 am

    1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    • Celia Black
      Celia Black June 7, 2016 at 1:06 am

      praying for Barbados

    • Leroy June 7, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      I guess no one will inherit the kingdom then? Bc that list virtually cast everyone aside except a few from Biblical times, if what we read in it is true.

  4. Sherlock Holmes. June 7, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Bajan Boy you wont hear hard ears you wont hear own way ya gine feel,keep it up.

  5. Craige Campbell June 7, 2016 at 7:41 am

    The saddest thing I ever saw. The descendants of slaves, using the book and ideology that was used to oppress them and to justify their oppression, to oppress others, actually no, not others, themselves !!! Idiots the lot of u !

    Ephesians 6:5:Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.

    Quoting scripture only make black caribbean people look stupid !!!!

    • Joseph Harding June 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Love it

  6. Smiley June 7, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Living for Christ Jesus following the bible ,no matter what fools are saying ,God deliver us from all evil plans and save Barbados amen.

  7. lester June 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

    The Homosexual agenda Ms/Mr. Piggott is about breaking down the God given way marriage is to be. And you are lying when you say its not about same sex marriage, the homosexual agenda in the international community started the same way with this red herring about discrimination. This act of aggression is nothing new, bulling opps bullying your way into to people lives for acceptance. The bible is constant where homosexual behaviour is concern fron old to new testament, it nasty and sick, repulsive even. aghhh

  8. jrsmith June 7, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Bajans are playing a dangerous game what is the big deal, man marrying to man , we have no political or financial strength in the world, the white world rules everything the black man decade after decade stand at the cross road with tin cup in hand waiting for hand outs..from whom the same people you are standing up against…
    @,Craige Campbell, hail, hail on the button, Bajans obey your earthly masters with respect and fair and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ. And make sure the 1% of our white people is always in control, so its like it or lump it and don’t forget you must always call him sir….

    I am a black bajan and for me we have 2 black person to choose from us black people, need our own ( black Jesus ) take your pick ( NELSON MANDELA ) or ( MUHAMMAD ALI ) a king and a prince …amen..

  9. Mac10 June 7, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    From Ambrose Carter “…..He underscored that Barbados must tread carefully on what it allowed, and raised concern about “new” sex education programmes in schools that distort the image of the family….”

    What education is this that advocates a “normal family” when the norm for Barbados is teen mother’s, unwed mother’s, outside women, children from several fathers & adultery by both sides. All in contradiction to the bible as quoted by many above. Yet the education speaks to man & women in wedlock forming a family unit – something many children in Barbados know nothing about.

    Marriage equality is about equal civil & human rights as is the movement for equal rights against persecution & prejudice.

  10. Carson C Cadogan June 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Why should the Govt. pass a Law which would legalise a sin?

    • Olutoye Walrond June 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      Carson are you aware that the sins of adultery and fornication are already legal. Are you aware that the sin of violating the sanctity of the Sabbath is already legal?

  11. ch June 7, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    LGBT persons are not discriminated against in Barbados in terms of their fundamental human rights. Our society has always tolerated them and , in some cases, embraced them in our personal and social lives.
    It is a lie to pretend otherwise.
    The LGBT community itself can be very short-sighted to their own intolerance of different views.
    They need to realize that tolerance does not mean acceptance and the friction comes when they attempt to enforce acceptance.
    Many persons do not accept that lifestyle because of their own personal beliefs which may or may not not be grounded in religion.
    Just as people also tolerate many other lifestyle choices – eg. promiscuity, celibacy, adultery, divorce, inter-racial relationships – which they do not accept as right in their belief systems.
    We just have to remember that we are all human beings and respect each other.

  12. Not homophobic December 29, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Lester and you other homophobes, didn’t god say Love Thy Neighbour? Therefor GOD LOVES ALL!! NO MATTER YOUR CREED, COLOUR BACKGROUND, GENETIC MAKEUP ETC ETC!


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