Members of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society and Love March Movement protesting outside Emancipation Park in New Kingston yesterday. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)
TWO groups — Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society and the Love March Movement — yesterday kept the pressure on visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron during a protest outside Emancipation Park in New Kingston.
Main organiser Dr Wayne West, chairman of the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society, said they wanted to keep on the agenda the possibility of the British prime minister trying to influence the Jamaican Government to repeal the buggery law and push for same-sex marriage.
“When he (Cameron) pushed through the same sex legislation [in the UK] he vowed to advance it all over the world, including places like Jamaica,” said Dr West.
“… [He also] threatened to cut off aid to countries that did not support the concept of homosexuality, so we want to protest those public policies and statements and say that if he is coming to Jamaica to discuss those things we are protesting against it,” Dr West told the Jamaica Observer.
“What is happening (same-sex marriage) in America and England is illogical and unwise; it is just plain stupid, and because they are First-World countries and are doing it does not mean we should do it,” he added.
According to West the protest was being staged outside the park to send a message to the British prime minister that Jamaica is emancipated from colonisation.
A member of the Love March Movement, who did not wish to identify herself, said that she wanted it to be clear that the groups were not advocating negativity against homosexuals, but that the groups are protesting against their lifestyle and the institutionalization of same-sex marriage.
Published By: The Observer
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