Gay push

UN meeting puts pressure on Barbados to embrace same sex unions

Decriminalize same sex unions!

This was one of the touchy recommendations made to Barbados today during a United Nations (UN) meeting in Geneva at which the island was also strongly urged to abolish the death penalty, review its position on corporal punishment and to do more to protect and promote the rights of women and children, as well as people with disabilities.

During the 29th Session of Universal Periodic Review, addressed by Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett, several countries said while they welcomed the progress made by the island on a number of human rights issues, there were still areas of concern, including the need for greater protection of the rights of women and children, as well as ratifications of conventions and protocols that were “seriously overdue”.

Steve Blackett

However, Ireland’s representative Ruth Cormican zeroed in the controversial issue of same sex unions, saying her country remained concerned about the level of discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) community in Barbados.

“We again strongly encourage Barbados to decriminalize consensual same-sex conduct between adults and to take all necessary steps to protect the LGBTI community from all forms of discrimination,” Cormican said, while also recommending abolition of the death penalty, as well as a national debate on capital punishment.

Ruth Cormican

“In line with recommendations made in 2013, we recommend that Barbados enacts legislation ensuring protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and identity in the areas of employment healthcare and education,” added Kirsten Hommes, representative from the Netherlands, who also called for ramped up efforts to combat gender-based violence and to provide adequate redress and protection for victims.

Meanwhile, Guyana’s representative called for greater protection of migrant workers and their children, especially in the areas of health care and education, while the representative from Jamaica called on Barbados to reduce incidents of police abuse, increase the participation of women in more varied fields of employment, and implement measures for pregnant school girls to continue their education.

Kirsten Hommes

While assuring that some level of consideration would be given to the recommendations, Blackett pointed out that financial and technical constraints were limiting the timely “tidying up and implementation” in some areas.

On the issue of abolition of the death penalty, he said this would require public support, which he said was “not yet evidently sufficient to allow a democratically elected government to take this step, given the importance of public opinion on the matter”.

His comments also came amid the release of a report from the office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights which gave the island a mixed review, pointing out that while tremendous progress had been made in some instances since the last review in 2013, other areas needed to be significantly improved.

Besides the call for greater protection and promotion of the rights of people with disabilities, as well as women and girls, the report expressed concern about continued police abuse of residents, as well as an apparent hesitation by Barbados to ratify several conventions and protocols.

In the face of this report, Blackett said Government would continue to review and give consideration to those treaties and protocols “within the limits of its capability to live up to the reporting obligations and capacity constraints”.

He also said the island remained committed to the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms as evident by several pieces of legislation, policies and institutions.

However, he argued that many of the things on which Barbados relied had either been removed or significantly reduced, including preferential access to markets, such as the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

“At the same time we are confronted by often nebulous and unwarranted challenges that require us to intensify our efforts to defend and even expand our offerings in the international business and financial services sector. Nonetheless, since our last review conducted in 2013 we have made some progress and implemented accepted recommendations,” Blackett insisted.

He said despite the country’s small size, progress had been made in several areas, including the promotion of gender equality, the protection and promotion of the rights of women and children and the elderly, the fight against police abuse, as well as access to health care, education and housing.

“These priorities are reflected in the outlay, which our country makes on education, social services and on social security which continues to consume approximately two-thirds of the national budget,” Blackett said.

However, the Government spokesman acknowledged that “challenges remain” as the island struggles with human, financial and technical constraints.
marlonmadden@barbadostoday.bb

71 Responses to Gay push

  1. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose January 19, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Hell no

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    • Mark My Word January 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      Mia, Mia, Mia are you going to legalize it

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  2. Kevin January 20, 2018 at 12:28 am

    Chupse.

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  3. Terry Phillips
    Terry Phillips January 20, 2018 at 2:49 am

    FIRE

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  4. ebaje January 20, 2018 at 6:39 am

    The headline and content of the article are incongruous.

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  5. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes January 20, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Four posts Angela Worrell Riley and I have no idea what you are talking about.

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  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner January 20, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Ok let’s be real it’s not a matter of if but when as far as the same sex issue go,UN and these big first world countries holding all the aces it’s money that Barbados need.These politicians in Barbados got no guts nor ballz to stand tough to these foreign bullies who out there pushing same sex agenda.About Jamaican representative talking about police abuse in Barbados is frigging laughable seriously the pot calling kettle back looks like Barbados was wiping boy at this UN garbage fest.

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  7. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 20, 2018 at 7:25 am

    NOT BOUT HERE!!!!! NOT HERE!!!!!! IF THE CANADA,US EUROPE PUT SANCTIONS ON US, TO BEND BARBADOS INTO SINGING THIS EVIL IMMORAL ACT HELL NO!!!!!!!!…WE COMMIT MANY IMMORAL ACTS HERE ALREADY, THEN TO ADD ANOTHER. KARRRR WANNA BULLING/WICKING UNIONS WHERE ELSE

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  8. trevor daniel January 20, 2018 at 7:27 am

    If you had attended the political meeting held in Christ Church two Sundays ago by a certain party you would have been agast. The odd people really turned out to show which party they will support in the expected general elections. I foresee laws being passed swiftly to give LGBT all rights in this Barbados when the government changes. This is a sad state of affairs for a small section of our Christian communities. We have to resist this foreign invasion.

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    • Richard Johnston January 20, 2018 at 8:12 am

      It’s all about Christianity, isn’t it?

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    • allison archer January 20, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Look i say give the people what they desire, I’m tired of all this vice( sin) mankind produces and cannot wait for it all to be consume with fire never to see this hellhole earth again as in Sodom & Gomorrah
      The people detest God, His order, authority, structure, they don’t want anything to do with their Creator but you know what God is love and will give the people what they desire but remember there are consequences attach and i know the curses that follows such rebellion will have them confounded, weeping & wailing
      My take get the fellow Christians out and leave the others to face the wrath of God for it is written it is a fearful thing to fall into the hand of the Living God for He is a consuming fire

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      • Andrew January 25, 2018 at 8:45 am

        I totally agree with you there Allison!

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    • Colin Robinson January 22, 2018 at 11:15 am

      Are foreigners voting in Barbados elections now?

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  9. Sheron Inniss January 20, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Steupse. Hell NO. i don’t care what this group of people do nor do most Bajans. Show the figures to prove your lies. The laws we have are to protect those who are buggered.

    Death penalty for deliberate murders should stay.

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  10. Sharon Thomas
    Sharon Thomas January 20, 2018 at 7:54 am

    NO FRUIT CAKES.

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    • Richard Johnston January 20, 2018 at 8:13 am

      People like you enable human-rights activists.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete January 20, 2018 at 10:35 am

      ?????

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  11. Ras Small
    Ras Small January 20, 2018 at 7:56 am

    Wunna late…

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  12. Sue Donym January 20, 2018 at 7:59 am

    “Blackett pointed out that financial and technical constraints were limiting the timely “tidying up and implementation” in some areas.” It is noted that lack of funds did not limit the ability of Mr Blackett (and his delegation, I presume) to make the trip to Switzerland.

    Let’s examine what bang we got for our buck – Mr Blackett and Barbados were criticized for their inability to keep their word on legislation to be crafted and implemented and for conventions to be ratified and adhered to, for the protection of its citizens. Maybe it’s just me, but perhaps that money could have been better spent.

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  13. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale January 20, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Under Barbados’ Constitution it says it protects every citizen from discrimination, but if you dig dipper into Barbadian laws on the LGBT Community they are discriminated against and don’t have equal rights like the heterosexual society in Barbados. It is first-rate to see to the UN take stand against Barbados and defending the Barbadian LGBT and saying to the Government of Barbados: “We again strongly encourage Barbados to decriminalize consensual same-sex conduct between adults and to take all necessary steps to protect the LGBTI community from all forms of discrimination,” However and according to this news report it said the Barbados’ Government was further committed to solving financial and technical restraints it currently facing than the human rights and equal rights of the LGBT society in Barbados.

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  14. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade January 20, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Derek Gale do you want LG to come legal in bim

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  15. Oliver Levy Gong
    Oliver Levy Gong January 20, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Jamaica talking bout police brutality in Barbados omg yes it bad here but ah lot worst in Jamaica so @ Geneva conference JAMAICA say police brutality high level clean your back yard 1st ok

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    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor January 20, 2018 at 9:24 am

      I agree Jamaica wanted to take the pressure off themselves shameful lol

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  16. Kingdom Hearts
    Kingdom Hearts January 20, 2018 at 8:38 am

    When this government makes it illegal for them to ever hold a seat of power again in this country, then and only then can we discuss anything else the UN proposing .#banthisgoverment

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  17. Randolph January 20, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Abomination.God will judge these counties that encourage same-sex unions.Barbados will be judged too if it is allowed here.

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  18. Vincent A. Adamson
    Vincent A. Adamson January 20, 2018 at 8:48 am

    The UN can’t put pressure on Barbados for it’s taxes,it’s housing,it’s roads,it’s high cost of living.These organizations always pushing they satanic agendas .When Barbados decriminalized same sex unions..do we have the healthcare systems in place to deal with these sick group of people and the others they contaminate?

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  19. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan January 20, 2018 at 9:03 am

    I really hope that this government does not go and sign on to any more stupid laws just so that they can seek to funds from these big maguffy countries that want to tell Third World countries how they should run their own countries?

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    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor January 20, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Jump Bim on the bandwagon and you will get some money ….. you will also drive your people to degrade themselves

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  20. Cecily Jones
    Cecily Jones January 20, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Boy! So many people ready to have a heart and stroke out about what two consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms.

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  21. Sherlock Holmes. January 20, 2018 at 10:13 am

    These sodomites in the UN better know their places we will not cower to their demands i say NO TO SODOMY AND SODOMITES!

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  22. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose January 20, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Never in BIM the world does not dictate our moral code

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    • Jennifer January 20, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Oh yes it does. WE are dealing with the same RH imperial/colonial slave masters and SUBSERVIENT SLAVES. Yes massa how high to jump? or else. So you will know we people getting sell, just a matter of TIME especially when they resolve them challenges. And nothing can derail that operation.

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  23. Deryck Grant
    Deryck Grant January 20, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Decriminalize weed to much nasty people n this world, it Is ok for a man to have a man but. It is wrong to smoke weed smh legalize weed

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  24. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis January 20, 2018 at 11:32 am

    We in in dat.

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  25. luther thorne January 20, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Decrimalize the damn thing. Let God be the Judge. God is in Control. Wunna dont prosecute anyone for homosexuality so why keep it on the books ?

    Deal with the real Crimes and introduce PUBLIC FLOGGING.
    Encourage the nuclear family structure in combination with the extended family concept and Barbados can be nice and even twice as nice.
    Cant believe in 2018 we bout here still harping about this.
    We should have abolished all the things they want abolishing. It does not mean that we could not have conceptualized Laws to discourage or something to replace hanging. Barbados moving slow like the BIG BLACK SLUG

    Leave the LGBTQ Community in Peace Please!
    God will take care of them. Time and Nature will be used to do so

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  26. luther thorne January 20, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Where we need to focus ison allthe

    LitteringandIllegalDumping,NoisePollution,
    SpeedingVehicleemissions, driving with cell phones in one hand, driving under the influence, Guns illegally obtained, the Policeman that shoot Blues and the Top Policeman who they hold with BULLETS, the Public Accounts Committee not functioning, Low Productivity in the workplace where more and more females are employed but Productivity is going DOWN because women produce less. We need to focus on such things and remember that we are part of the world and stop lagging. Abolish what want abolishing or what they want us to abolish. But modernize and implement Laws to have effect of discouraging certain behaviours. Introduce PUBLIC FLOGGINGS and all Crimes will be reduced because dont care what you do people will still committ Crime but at least, you limit some

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  27. Donild Trimp January 20, 2018 at 11:56 am

    I am sorry but I do not agree with same sex marriage.

    Why must Barbadians be followers on every front? Keep this same sex marriage foolishness out of Barbados.

    What is coming next? No gender identity?

    In Canada there is this stupid illogical designation of non-gender.
    If a 10 year old boy says he is a girl, then that is the way it is. He is now a girl and if a ten year old girl says she is a boy, the same thing. She is now a boy.

    Such warped logic it boggles the mind. Coming to Barbados soon because everyone knows the drill.

    Barbadians are followers. Sad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Jennifer January 20, 2018 at 12:26 pm

      yep. Sheep that has to be led by the rope and halter.

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  28. janette reifer January 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    It wouldn’t be a surprise if things change to accommodate some persons life style

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  29. Alex Jordan
    Alex Jordan January 20, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    HE AND DE REST SHOULD GO SLEEP AND DIEEEEEEE……

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  30. milli watt January 20, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    steve Barbados ain’t got money but could YOU could live how YOU live stupse……. I understand de bulling, wicking white dawgs outa Ireland and Netherlands dem did doing dat from back in de day

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    • Jennifer January 20, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      millie u on fire. Them even bull them on the plantation and cultureize them black men.

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  31. milli watt January 20, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    BUT JAMAICA the same Jamaica that kills its own people for Dudus on the say so of the white imperialist pig, the same Jamaica who just launched aon offensive to take back the North of the island from gangs. the same Jamaica that refuses to publish the murder count because they don’t want to encourage the criminal element to try to break it

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  32. milli watt January 20, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    and on top of all dat you sit down and ofer these lame arse excuses as a response…………. steve look at this link maybe you and this crowd could learn something https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hXXl1N1GLw

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    • Jennifer January 20, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Like the clip Millie, but you are talking about a STRONG people who can f_ck off with these imperialist, and don’t care, not like these well educated no identity ass licking/wiping sheep bout here who stand for nothing and FALL for everything. YES SIR BOSS politicians with a weak subservient mind set to their masters.

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  33. Jamar Springer
    Jamar Springer January 20, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    All fagoits ,fungus , germs and waste of sperms need to be deleted from life

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  34. Jamar Springer
    Jamar Springer January 20, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Fire bun batty man fire red hot fa wanna born boy an wanna be girl fire pon wanna

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    • Jamar Springer
      Jamar Springer January 20, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Big man don’t be more stupid than d ministers we never came out of slavery you sheep

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      • Jennifer January 20, 2018 at 2:41 pm

        Well spotted bro, plantation just got bigger.

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  35. Gail Jewel
    Gail Jewel January 20, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you for being my mouth piece!

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  36. Gail Jewel
    Gail Jewel January 20, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    I agree 100%

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  37. Gail Jewel
    Gail Jewel January 20, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    So agree. I haven’t got the energy. I can’t take that type of mentality.

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  38. Belfast January 20, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    You telling me that Ruth Cormian and her country is aware of the plight of the LGBTI community in Barbados, and are not aware, or give a damn of the plight of the barbadozed descendants of their dear country, who live in Newcastle and College Savannah.

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  39. Anonymous January 21, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Mia you coming with that gift for bajans. Don’t even discuss it because the election results will determine it. Lol. In you’ll face. Lol

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  40. Anonymous January 21, 2018 at 7:02 am

    BLP will soon try to undo the Christ we know. Agents of the devil. Why you think they gaining momentum. Be careful Barbadians. Think carefully about this upcoming elections. As soon as they get Barbados that’s it. They must be see Barbados as the weakness link in the chain. Mia as PM Barbados becomes a low hanging fruit. Let us hear what the Christians on the BLP ticket have to say about that. We should force them to speak up on it. No, they may be more concerned about power and money than their own Christian beliefs and their values.

    Oops maybe they were never listening all along.

    Good luck Barbados.

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  41. Andrew Simpson January 22, 2018 at 10:40 am

    Thank you Luther. Woudn’t it be nice if there was a technological mechanism to gather popular opinion; essentially factoring wider wisdom into national decision making, so that some of these issues could be effectively legislated, thus allowing us to move on?
    Could someone please publish a list of meaningful resolutions which have been confirmed in the public interest over the last ten years that might justify even a small part of the exorbitant cost of our supposed system of democracy.

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  42. Colin Robinson January 22, 2018 at 11:22 am

    I thought Bajan people were the most literate in the Caribbean. I see a headline about same sex unions, and I read the article twice and not a damn thing about that, only people talking about discrimination in healthcare and education and the law leaving people alone in their bedroom.

    Or is it that all Bajan homosexuals in relationships, and none of them single? That is why we talking about same-sex unions so? If if so, then they need to come to church and give man and woman couples lessons.

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    • J. Payne January 24, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      You made an assumption the literate ones were all going to flock to this article and congregate here?

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  43. Anonymous January 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    When it is in the headline and not in the body is when it cropping up on us with no discussion. Remember is and her bold. Lol

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  44. vad50 January 25, 2018 at 1:01 am

    I wish the United Nations would just dissolve and stop spreading their corruption around the world. Why don’t they go to Saudi Arabia and tell them to legalized it same sex union?

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  45. Liam February 1, 2018 at 8:23 am

    You’r already “following” – a colonial homophobic law and a barbaric religious code invented by desert-dwelling peasants over two thousand years ago.

    Barbados can LEAD the Caribbean by growing up and setting a positive example that it values its LGBT citizens, takes its human rights obligations seriously, and wants to give them equality under the law.

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