Gay Marriages in the Caribbean?

Gay Marriages in the Caribbean?

Port of Spain : Trinidad and Tobago | May 31, 2012 at 1:53 PM PDT
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The Marriage Act is under serious scrutiny today, particularly the gay marriage debate. This is not specific to certain countries but affects our entire world since we are all interconnected. Many sectors of the society have different views and opinions when it comes to the matter. Our various freedoms and human rights seem also to play a major role in determining our position on same sex marriages. The debate has been sparked around the world by the decision of United States President Barack Obama to support same-sex marriages. France allows same-sex unions and gay rights. Italy is in favor of the rights of same-sex couples but divided on whether it will be deemed marriage and the United Kingdom's leadership also supports gay marriage. On the other hand Israel is unlikely to recognize gay marriages any time soon. In Trinidad and Tobago, same-sex marriages is illegal. However, within these recent times, the government is forced to make a decision on the issue. Many groups in society share varying views, for instance, the Christian community see same-sex marriage is a horrible sin and not the intention for humans. They believe that men were created for women, and women for men. Anything else is a gross misrepresentation of the Christian faith. Meanwhile, groups like the Coalition Advocating for Sexual Orientation applauded Obama's stance and believes that the gay and lesbian community must be allowed equality in marriage just as other citizens. They believe that while the issue of gay marriages is not solely a religious one, but rather one of human rights and civil liberties, it is being hijacked by religious organizations.

There is much anticipation for the decision of the Prime Minister and other authorities in the country. The outcome of the decision will meet with great protest and additional debate among citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. In comparison to other regions in the world, the Caribbean has been known for its intolerance of homosexuality. Specifically, Jamaica is one the countries in the region said to be the most homophobic and least likely to tolerate gay marriages. Within recent times, the introduction of a global culture and the process of globalization allowed homosexuality to be on the forefront of discussions and rampant among the populations. Many Caribbean countries maintain that issues such as health, education, development and justice were at the top of their agendas. Now, they must reorder their commitments to prioritize discrimination, equality and the gay community. Many officials in the region maintain that for the Caribbean, the idea of gay "civil unions" seems to be much more feasible than gay "marriages."

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Dana-Marie Seepersad is based in San Fernando, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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