Not gays

Dear challenges Byer-Suckoo on same sex marriage

It makes no sense.

That was gay rights activist Darcy Dear’s reaction to Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo’s passionate discourse yesterday on same sex marriage.

In her contribution to the debate on the Domestic Violence Protection Orders Amendment Act and the Sexual Offence Amendment Bill Byer-Suckoo was emphatic that despite suggestions from some quarters, reference to the two pieces of legislation as gender neutral was not a way of “opening the door to same sex marriage” here.

A tough-talking Byer-Suckoo also said while she harboured “no ill feeling to persons of that ilk”, as long as she was a policymaker, “I know where I will stand” on the issue of same sex marriage.

In a swift response, Dear suggested that the minister was off base because that was not how members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community interpreted the legislation.

The gay rights campaigner told Barbados TODAY he was happy that the Act had been passed as it would protect Barbadians, regardless of their sexual preference, from domestic abuse.

“But nowhere in there it tells me anything about same sex marriage. And the Government does not have to open no door for same sex marriage in Barbados because I am quite sure that every plane that touches down at Grantley Adams [International Airport] or every ship that comes in the harbour, there is a same sex couple on it.

“What are we going to do when Barbadian gays who marry overseas bring home their couples? I don’t know,” Dear said.

In her remarks, Byer-Suckoo also stressed that Government would not bend to pressure from any international organization or government that wanted to lend support but required Barbados to change its laws in relation to same sex unions.

However, the outspoken Dear said the minister appeared to be “mixed up” because Barbados was not under international pressure to legalize gay marriages.

“I don’t recall any international organization or person at any time asking Barbados to put gay marriages on their books. I stand to be corrected, but I don’t know. I think the goodly doctor may be getting mixed up,” Dear said. (AH)

7 Responses to Not gays

  1. baje February 19, 2016 at 5:55 am

    As far as i know buggery is an illegal act in barbados, possesion of marajuana is illegal also. If you go some place where herb is lppegal and you bring it home you would be doing something illegal, same thing applies to buggery. I guess you would just be boldfaced or out front with it.

  2. Sam Clarke February 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Dear Ms. Byer-Suckoo:
    You cannot ignore the rights of these people, by trying to wish them away.
    What kind of a leader are you and what are you saying to the people of Barbados about their rights?
    You cannot ignore the rights of the gay, lesbian and transgender people of Barbados

    Your arrogance about ignoring international Organizations and in essence the Treaties of human Rights that Barbados are a signatory to, will eventually be heading the a court in due course.

    What Mr. Dear and members of his community needs to is to challenge the current laws of the country, by applying for a marriage license.
    Then start the balling rolling. Then you will see where her arrogance is then.

  3. Alex Alleyne February 19, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    “WHAT MR. DEAR AND MEMBERS OF HIS COMMUNITY (Gays , Lesbians and transgender) needs to do is to challenge the current laws of Barbados by applying for a MARRIAGE LICENSE.
    This is very, very interesting , Why don’t the head of these groups ever think about these things and put it into action.
    I look forward to the debate.

  4. jrsmith February 19, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    The minister, should ,do her job ,by ,trying to settle what could be total disaster, at the Sir,Grantley, the sooner people in Barbados, realize that they cannot ,change anything about the gay world, because they talking to themselves, you people have no influence, watch the world, see who has the wealth…

  5. Alex Alleyne February 19, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    BILL, by Peggy Scott Adams or JILL, by Pete Peterkin.

  6. Noel prescod February 20, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    It is funny reading all these post on gays, only last week i was reading 19 thing you do not do in Barbados, google it and see what they say about gays. laws will have to be change …..

  7. Sage Christmas February 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    A day is coming and it is here when a lot of you guys who want to speak about abiding by international Laws, and not the Laws of our land would wish you were never born. A lot of you are saying away with what is moral and give us Barabbas way of doing things. I am hoping that mankind remember that God also have rights too and to just come and say what you or I think just will not cut it. All men and women have a right to attend onto the manual set out by the creator of this universe, but you know what we do not. Every body want to do their own thing, but some day all of our folly will come to an end. Doctor it is your rights to stand up for what you believe in and speak your mind, just like any other person want to do. It mazes me how people speak about gays rights and yet want to take away other people rights. All of us have rights, you have a right to speak as a gay person and she has a right to speak as straight person. God do not the rights from any of us to say any thing and this is what he said ” Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lust of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves.” We can not stop them from doing whatever they want to do, but we must never encourage them to do such. Let all those who want to destroy themselves make that decision to do such . I know that all will be curse for exercising my rights, but I have no problem with that. Minister I standing in the firing line with you and any one who take a stance on any form of sin. Now let the insult begin, because I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ because it the power of God unto Salvation. Sage Christmas is a Christian activist and reserved my rights to speak like the other activist of other organizations.


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