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Not by UK Adriel Brathwaite (FP)

Thu, November 03, 2011 - 12:06 AM

Barbados will not be dictated to by Britain or any other when it comes to homosexuality laws, says Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite.

He told the DAILY NATION last night that the country’s laws were clear on this issue and would not be changed because of British threats.

The Attorney General was reacting to comments by Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron at the just concluded Commonwealth Heads Of Government Summit in Australia, where he said those countries receiving British aid should “adhere to proper human rights”, including the reform of legislation banning homosexuality.

But Brathwaite said the attempt to link international aid to the changing of homosexual laws was “unfortunate”. He was adamant that Barbados’ position on homosexuality was not for sale and its legislative agenda would be determined at home. (SP/KJ)


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Posted by Bajan Limey 2 years, 11 months ago
Barbados naturally has the right to decide whether to adhere to international human rights conventions, or to selectively ignore them.
No to homosexuals. What next, no to Guyanese? No to women??
Universal suffrage should be truly that, and not based one one persons beliefs over another's. 200 years ago some fools in Barbados thought black people should have no rights either.

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Posted by yogi Ni 2 years, 11 months ago
It is interesting to hear the Attorney General say that Barbados will not be dictated to by Britain or any other country, yet we will hear that we are bounded by Pratt & Morgan when it comes to implementing the death penalty that is the law of Barbados. Is Prostitution legal in Barbados? If it is illegal why does the Government of Barbados allow those disgraceful foreign women to operate on Bush Hill a stone throw away from the Hasting Police Station? Maybe the learned Attorney General can answer that question.

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Posted by Mary Yearwood 2 years, 11 months ago
Thank you, Mr. Brathwaite. May you have a long and blessed career.

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Posted by Hugo Todd 2 years, 11 months ago
As a Bajan I fully understand Mr. Brathwaite's stance on this issue as far as not being dictated to by anyone ( Bajan pride). However he first needs to understand that the current policy goes against all norms of civilized countries around the world. Do not let pride get in the way of human rights. It is about time that Bajans understand that it is every human's right not to be discriminated against regardless of sexual orientation. We need to respect or fellow citizens human rights regardless of if we agree with their sexual orientation or not. Let act like the civilized country we are and stop this discrimination.

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Posted by Julia J 2 years, 11 months ago
I think some people are missing the issue. Barbados is a sovereign nation and using the withdrawal of aid as a treat to impose one country's desire is next to bullying. Homosexuality happens to be the topic at hand but this approach could very well find itself in other matters so if this is allowed where would it end? A tone of encouragement from the UK's PM rather than that of a dictator would have been more appropriate I think.

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Posted by Summer Rheigs 2 years, 11 months ago
Thank you Mr. Brathwaite, keep standing tall and strong. "Barbados will not be dictated to by Britain or any other when it comes to homosexuality laws, says Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite".

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Posted by Kelly Alleyne 2 years, 11 months ago
Great courage shown when standing up for Barbados in reference to not being dictacted on by other countries. however, you should not stand against a country such as Britain, because of a simple issue regarding homosexuality in Barbados. You will be making a big issue out of something that can easily be documented and listed as what we already know is the "norm" for this country. Homosexuality is in the eyes of Barbados for years, and will be for years to come, approximately 65% of barbados's population is either GAY, LESBIAN or even BI-SEXUAL. Wake up and notice what's going on around you. We're not askign you to legalize same sex marriage, but you need to acknowledge barbados is listed as one of the safest places for homosexuals to visit and feel "safe" in tieir own skin. This will do more than just boost tourism. Focus on the bigger things at hand and stop acting as if you are homophobic. Time to realize this country needs a step up to bigger things than this.

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Posted by Pan Wallie 2 years, 11 months ago
Barbados needs to clear it's head and determine it's way forward on all issues such as homosexuality, fornication etc. There are just to many double standards and our leaders must recognise that they are no big sins and 'lil' sins and that Barbados will be pitifully left behind if it governed in this small minded, pout-mout, bread and fish mentality.
Let us for a moment for example weigh the consequences of denying all those soldiers in the US the right to defend/secure their country based on sexual preferences thus leaving the country gravely exposed. Time to grow up Barbados.

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Posted by De Menace660 2 years, 11 months ago
Lets get down to the nitty-gritty: homosexuality is not against the laws of Barbados its the act of buggery that is on our statute books. Homo means an attraction to the same sex if two men or two women walk down broad street holding hands caressing and expressing affection towards each other neither party can be prosecuted; it may be morally wrong in our view but, certainly not illegal.

On the other hand, the act of buggery discriminates against two consenting adults this law was written with mainly men in mind but today more heterosexuals are engaging in anal intercourse than when this outdated law was written. So, in this 21st Century the Government and laws of Barbados are criminalising law abiding, married, and common law couples by entering they bedrooms and dictating they sexual preference with the penalty of a life sentence for an act that should be personal and private

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Posted by Kenneth King 2 years, 11 months ago
Hate me as you may but I still believe homosexuality is wrong and in the sight of God, I just read a comment here stating that there is 65% of Barbadian either gay, Lesbian or Bi-Sexual where have this writer gotten these figures from is yet to be known. We do not, or let me say, I do not hate these people because some are friends of mine but why do I have to accept their lifestyle? It would also be discriminate if I cannot also voice my opinion on what I think is immoral and against my Christian beliefs. What about the Muslim countries, their laws are more extreme in punishment, as one comment stated, you can walk down Bridgetown holding hands and nothing happens or in the private of your home, as it is still persistent in our society today but marriage of the same sex is where the line has been drawn. The tolerance is there as we live in a society of much different culture but do Christians not also have the right to exercise their freedom based on the bible teachings.

Many homosexual show love and mean well in many aspects, they give whatever they can to help, they are also employers and also attend the same church that condemn their act but the church has the right to point out based on what is required of us through biblical teachings. To make the point that there is no little or big sin justifies my point that it is wrong so why fight against the laws that prohibits. Where do we as a society drawn the line, they are many who love sex in the open are we going to someday allow this as well because this will also be discriminating them from doing what they think is right. My last comment would be why God would destroy the city of Sodom and Gomorrah and asked Lot to leave…

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