No Same Sex Marriage says Prime Minister in Charter of Rights Bill Debate

The 20 year old Charter of Rights document that has been sitting idly in the various houses parliament was reintroduced on the house agenda yesterday. The Bill which is to replace section 3 of the Constitution will be debated in earnest according to the present JLP administration to cover rights on gender and other so called freedoms.

Prime Minister Bruce Golding reiterated his position he took on the BBC early in his administration and was seen as a way to cement his weak majority in the Parliament at 32/28 with the present impasse on the questionable citizenship of members of parliament who have sworn allegiances to other countries being contested in court he said NO to gay marriage. On his feet yesterday in Parliament October 13, 2009 he went into great detail to name most of the other jurisdictions and countries that have marriage rights extended to same sex couples. He expressed surprise that South Africa had extended marriage rights to same sex couples and went on to list countries such as Nicaragua as well.

Here is the excerpt audio presentation:

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I do not recall anyone ever asking for marriage rights for gays and lesbians in earnest save and except when it was briefly mentioned by JFLAG in an article that appeared in a Gleaner column (trying to find it) and in 2006 when the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship created a panic of sorts suggesting that if gay rights were afforded then the flood gates could open for gay marriage when the Charter was debated under the previous PNP adminstration.

see Feb 15, 2006 Gleaner article here:
‘Unholy union’ – Charter could sanction gay marriage in Jamaica – Christian lawyers

hear the panic from Miss Shirley Richards a member of the LCC:
“Our concern,” said Richards, “is that these words, as innocuously sounding as they are, can be interpreted to allow for adult consensual homosexual conduct in private,” said Richards. She added that once homosexual acts are decriminalised, there would be no basis to bar to gay marriage. Mrs. Richards added that the concept of privacy also deals with abortion rights.
“If the government wants to decriminalise either homosexuality or abortion then it must do so squarely. Don’t tell us that this will never happen under your watch and then allow for a few choice words in the charter which you know are capable of having this meaning,” said Mrs. Richards.

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Obviously this gay marriage opposing argument is being used to bolster the morality stance taken by the panicking Christan right who think that gays rights activists and gays themselves will somehow homosexualise the country. What nonsense? one is either gay, str8 bisexual and all other variants in between and if one so chooses one will act on the sexual urges or not where one feels to. Don’t forget AsexualS as well who have no interest in sex but more on emotional connections.

So the Charter of may never recognise gays, lesbians, intersexuals, transsexuals or gender non conformists. So we don’t exist and be better of dead, WHAT A WAY TO INSTITUTIONALISE HOMOPHOBIA.

Here is a follow up discourse on the PM’s statements from a radio program, listen carefully:

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Some of the exchanges post the Buju/lgbt group meeting

As the mainstream media in the US follow the intensified campaign the stop Buju Banton’s performances especially in the gay capital San Francisco here are some of the comments from those who participated in the LGBT meeting in San Francisco Oct 12, 2009 and more from the local media who now are beginning to catch up or forcefully so based on recent developments.

CBS 5 also reports:

“It was a good meeting today. It was cathartic, I think for the artiste because he had never met with representatives of gay organisations. Not in America, not in Jamaica,” said Bevan Dufty

“He made some awful anti-gay mistakes when he was younger,” Petrelis told CBS. “I was encouraging him to explain that this was his past and that now would be a good time for him to call for love and tolerance of gay people in America.”

Jonathan Mack, promoter of Monday’s show, said Banton listened to the concerns, but made no promises. He believes the artiste has been unfairly targeted.
“In Jamaica it’s illegal to have homosexual activities in public, it’s a crime,” Mack said. “It’s not about lyrics to a song, it’s about changing a societal view.”

Meanwhile the local media plays catch up as they ignored or skewed the protest action as noise from the penny section of note the Jamaica Observer where one journalist lifted elements of a press release from Traci McGregor (Buju’s Manager) to report the few concerts that occurred as success.

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The Gleaner today:
Buju meets gay group in San Francisco
Published: Wednesday October 14, 2009
Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Observer:
Buju breaks under pressure?
Deejay holds meeting with gays

The meeting with the LGBT representatives seems to be an effort yet again by Buju Banton and his team for damage control as his pocket now feels the impact of the cancellations, it does not seem to be about the concerns on the inciteful nature of the song “Boom Bye Bye” and what it seeks to promote which is basically death the gays particularly men. Lesbians are not mentioned.
Will the song be ever pulled? one never knows it seems to be more about grandstanding and using the meeting as a photo opportunity to capitalise on the mainstream attention. I guess Buju’s team not so stupid after all and are just working the story like the big names in the US entertainment industry would as well.

There are some in the San Fran area who are questioning the validity of Mr. Petrelis’s involvement as his credibility comes into question based on his unique style of activism.

The pepper spray incident does not help anyone in my view as if the meeting is interpreted as a start then such incidences may be seen as setbacks and aggravating a very delicate posture now.

Let’s watch this one carefully, the Stop Murder Music has an American base now.


Buju show Pepper sprayed in San Fran

Last night, fans of controversial reggae star Buju Banton were pepper-sprayed by an unknown assailant during Banton’s concert at the Rock It Room. The assault occurred during the show, when, according to the Rock It Room’s booker, Ben Thompson, someone let loose with pepper spray. “This happened directly in the middle of the dance floor, in front of Buju’s backup singers,” he said. He added that the three singers were all affected by the pepper spray, and Gramps Morgan, Banton’s opening act, was also affected. “It got in my eyes and throat,” Morgan said. He didn’t see the assailant, he said, adding, “It was a dark club and I felt it.”

An earlier version of this story mistakenly identified Pollo Del Mar and other LGBT activists as being responsible for the incident, based on misinformation from Banton’s management. SFWeekly regrets the error.

Thompson said the assailant was “absolutely” not Pollo del Mar, who was in full drag and would have been instantly recognizable.

Before the concert, a small group of protestors–including Del Mar–stood outside chanting slogans and attempting to engage clubgoers in dialogue about Banton’s lyrics. Thompson says the protesters left before the pepper spray incident and never entered the venue.

“My side is simple,” says Del Mar. “We showed up. It was a peaceful protest. Violence of any kind is unacceptable,” he adds. Del Mar says he first heard of the incident that night at 2 a.m., and his first thought was that he hoped no one was hurt.

Andrea Shorter, Director of And Marriage For All, who attended the meeting earlier in the day between Banton and members of the LGBT community, derided the pepper spray incident as counter-productive: “Assaulting concert goers is totally unacceptable,” she said in an email.

Following the incident, Banton said, “We play America for the fans, not for the protesters,” declining to make any additional statement on the matter.

This however is NOT funny to me if we expect to broker peace and harmonious relations we cannot going do stuff like this to reintroduce tensions, come on folks whoever you are stop that!