Gays make major strides in Latin American nations

Uruguay (Reuters) — Lawmakers voted Wednesday to extend adoption rights to gay couples in Uruguay, the latest measure to relax laws on homosexuality that has drawn criticism from church leaders in the country, which is predominantly Roman Catholic.

Members of Congress said the law made Uruguay the first Latin American country to permit gay couples to adopt. The measure, which will now go to President Tabaré Vázquez for his signature, will also for the first time allow unmarried couples to adopt.

“This law is a significant step toward recognizing the rights of homosexual couples,” Diego Sempol, a member of the gay rights group, Black Sheep, told Reuters Television earlier this week.

Gay people are allowed to adopt under Uruguayan law, but only as individuals rather than jointly as a couple. Gay marriage remains illegal.

The Parliament in Uruguay, a small South American nation with a secular state structure, passed a law in late 2007 to permit gay couples to have civil unions, which grant similar rights as marriage.

Earlier this year the center-left government also lifted a ban on gay people serving in the armed forces.

Church leaders criticized the new adoption law, and the center-right National Party voted against it.

“The family is the bedrock of society and this measure weakens it,” said Senator Francisco Gallinal of the National Party. “For us, allowing children to be adopted by same-sex couples is conditioning the child’s free will.”

Latin America is home to about half of the world’s Roman Catholics, and government policies in most countries on gay rights and other divisive issues like abortion tend to reflect the church’s conservative stance.

Ragga Shanti Interviews Jamaican Drag Queen Part 1 & 2 !

Had doubts about posting this but just to show the way we sensationalize simple things, I wonder if it were some uptown kid they found in this situation if they would have gone into all this trouble? especially the Jamaica Observer who published a full faced photo of the individual.

Oh boi

Suspect in German restaurateur’s death held …not homophobic crime says cops … some public comments are homophobic though

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HOMICIDE detectives say they have a suspect in custody in connection with the murder of German national Rudolf Gschloessl, whose body was found with its throat slashed on Sunday morning.

The suspect was held on Monday.

Meanwhile, the police said there were no signs of forced entry at Gschloessl’s Mona Heights, St Andrew, home.

According to the police, an occupant of the premises heard screams for help coming from Gschloessl’s apartment and when he responded, he found the businessman bleeding from a wound to the throat.

Gschloessl was the part-owner of Cafe Aubergine, which has two locations in Moneague, St Ann and the Marketplace in St Andrew.

The police suspect that his murder was a crime of passion.

“The man in custody admitted to being a homosexual lodger,” a police officer told the Observer yesterday.

the original piece from the Gleaner read:

Co-owner of the popular local restaurants Café Aubergine, located in Moneague, St Ann, and The Marketplace on Constant Spring Road, was found dead at his Mona Heights, St Andrew, home yesterday morning.

Rudolf Gschloessl, the 56-year-old restaurateur was found with his throat slashed.

Reports from the Matilda’s Corner police are that about 1:25 a.m., another occupant of the house, located along Carnation Way, heard cries for help coming from Gschloessl’s room. The occupant reportedly went to investigate and found the body with the throat slashed.

Police investigating

The police were called and the body removed to the morgue. Investigations continue.

Café Aubergine has been a fixture on Jamaica’s culinary landscape for 10 years and specialises in French and Italian cuisine, with Jamaican touches. The establishment was run by Gschloessl and his business partner Neville Anderson.

Took the liberty to show some of the comments just to give an indication as to how the public readily respond to things like this:                                                

Griffo
10/28/2009 2:48 AM
I can see the JFLAG peeople calling their San Francisco Brethren now. Anyway its sad. No one deserves to die so.
Pedro
10/28/2009 3:32 AM
“The man in custody admitted to being a homosexual lodger”

The horror! This is almost as bad as driving whilst drunk.

Kd
10/28/2009 3:53 AM
AHAA!!!! Another crime of passion, lets hope this paper is been read by ppl in San Francisco. Please stop the killings and all the other reasons that cause these “passionate” throat slashing.
george watson
10/28/2009 4:03 AM
I hope the homsexual community reads this before they start accusing us of homophobia once again.
They have got to learn that this sort of call will not win sympathy for them especially when they fully know that the majority of these crimes are crimes of passion, carried out by members of their own community.
warren
10/28/2009 4:12 AM
Why did the police have to make that comment (very last sentence), isn’t that being very prejudicial to the case.

Keep the “evidence” until trial date.

I can hear JFLAG voicing off !!

jam 2
10/28/2009 4:35 AM
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST, I HOPE JFLAG AND ALL THESE OTHER OVERSEAS HOMO LOBBYISTS HAVE BEEN TAKING NOTE……………ALL THE HARM BEING INFLICTED INSIDE YOUR COMMUNITY IS GENERATED INTERNALLY.

JAMAICA WHILE HOMOPHOBIC TO AN EXTENT IS NOT VIOLENTLY SO………ALOT OF KNOWN GAY PERSONALITIES EXIST FREELY IN THE SOCIETY AS IT IS THEIR RIGHT SO TO DO

Not surprised…
10/28/2009 5:28 AM
To all who knew of the late Mr. Gschloessl, his homosexual inclinations would not have been a surprise. It would not be the first time he has been assaulted for suspected passionate reasons, as he once owned a restaurant in Ocho Rios, St. Ann, and proudly associated with others of his lifestyle.
kgn 13 yute
10/28/2009 5:38 AM
a so dem yute yah need attention. Evry time some uppa di hill bizniz or topanaris man dead a one flag bwoy dweet. An it no tek lang fi fine dem.
Dem mussa walk an whine up dem self wen dem dun wid di evidence roun dem nek fi get more attention.

Are these cases being solved so quickly to show the ouside world that it is the lovers that are doing it and not the entertainers and their boom-bye-bye.

oface
10/28/2009 6:55 AM
when you first hear these stories you can basically figure out that this is what happen, but jamaica get blame for being hostile to gays when in fact they are the biggest danger to themselves
Winston A.
10/28/2009 7:34 AM
IF THERE WERE SUSPICIOUS ACTION AROUND THIS MURDER, THEN IT WILL BE TOUGH FOR OTHERS TO COME TO A CONCLUSION.