The front page of The Sunday Gleaner, October 25, "One Love at risk ... Amnesty wants 'full freedom for Jamaican gays'," added more ammunition to the already heated discussion about gays in Jamaica. The recent discussions have centred around Jamaican entertainer, Buju Banton's meeting with representatives of the gay community in San Francisco, California.
The story further stated that Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding, had made it clear that the laws of the country would not be bent to accommodate gay lifestyles.
"Therefore, there is the possibility that in the future, Parliament could pass a law that says same-sex unions are legal, but it won't be done in this Parliament - not as long as I sit here," Golding said Tuesday, October 20. The prime minister was at the opening of the debate on the Charter of Rights.
Due to the overwhelming discussion, Flair asked a few persons from different professional backgrounds, their opinion on the subject. Here are the responses to the question:
Will gay marriages be allowed?
Dr Asquith Reid, psychiatrist: "Jamaicans are against that kind of (homosexual) lifestyle. I think that no one really wants to touch this topic because they don't want others to think that they themselves are homosexuals, especially if they do not oppose it. This makes it difficult to reach a conclusion on this topic. It is not about whether homosexual marriage is right or wrong, but it's whether the institutions or government will ever do anything about it.
Though a given politician may not have anything personally against it (homosexual marriage), Jamaicans as a society do. This would make it a bad political move. This is equally so with the Church. They have to take a moral stance and I can't see the Church agreeing with such marriages either. On the other hand, females may not privately be in opposition to this idea but may not even openly express it. With all that in mind, I do not see homosexual marriages happening in Jamaica in the foreseeable future."
Tony Rebel, entertainer: The truth is, I have never thought about it and I really don't want to start.
EDITOR'S NOTE: We contacted principals of boys' and girls' high schools, talk-show hosts, a gynaecologist and other prominent members of our society, but they refused to comment on the topic.