On Tuesday, I awoke to the news item that “same sex marriage is knocking at the door of Barbados”.
I am an African Barbadian elder age 71 years old. I was brought up to believe in a culture that indoctrinated me to abandon my traditional African culture that permitted a man to have more than one wife under certain circumstances.
For example, if a brother dies and leaves a wife and children, another brother must take her as his wife to give her and the children protection.
Our African culture also specified that sex was not permissible until after rites of passage – legally becoming an adult. The idea of a man cohabiting with another man, or woman with woman, in sexual relationships is not African culture.
Growing up in Barbados within a Eurocentric culture, we were taught that the Gospel according St John informed us that if we search, we shall find and if we knock the door will be open.
I therefore have two questions to ask Barbadians. They are pertinent as we approach the year 2015 and the start of a decade for people of African descent: Have we searched for our African heritage? Will Barbados open its door to same-sex marriages?