Gay Marriages in the Caribbean?
Linkedin

Gay Marriages in the Caribbean?

Port of Spain : Trinidad and Tobago | May 31, 2012 at 1:53 PM PDT
XX XX
Views: Pending
 
T&T minister supports legal abortion and gay marriage

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."

1 of 3
Next
Trinidad and Tobago
Gay Marriages in Trinidad and Tobago and other regions of the Caribbean
Dana-Marie Seepersad is based in San Fernando, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • Caribbean integration: Centrifugal force

      The Economist
    Britain, the West Indies Federation lasted just four years before breaking up on May 31st 1962. The plan had been to forge a Canadian-style federal country from a far-flung archipelago. But Jamaicans, worried about bankrolling weaker islands, voted...
  • Obama Fiasco over the Same Sex Debacle!

      Canadian Free Press
    It is clear that most voters in almost all states are against sharing their marriage with the Gay and Lesbian crowd...But does anyone believe that Obama was ever against same sex marriage?   If you do, then I have some prime ocean front property in...
  • The Boundaries of Faith

      Fayetteville Free Weekly
    Same-sex adoption was banned in Arkansas in Noember 2008, but the Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the law as unconstitutional in 2011...Unmarried Couple Adoption Ban, appeared as an initiated state statute on the Nov. 4, 2008, ballot in Arkansas,...
  • Progressives welcome Conservative same-sex weddings

      Jerusalem Post
    The Director of the Rabbinical Assembly in Israel Rabbi Andrew Sacks said that the move will provide same sex Jewish couples in Israel the opportunity to turn to a Masorti rabbi knowing that the they will be armed and prepared with the appropriate...
  • MP drafts gay marriage bill (NZ Newswire)

      Xtra News
    MP drafts gay marriage bill NZ Newswire June 1, 2012, 2:38 pm A Labour MP has drafted a bill to allow gay marriage. Louisa Wall says her member's bill will end discrimination in the Marriage Act so same-sex couples have the same rights as others to...

Images

 >
 

More From Allvoices

Related People

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.