If this is the case, Minister of Justice Mark Golding told OBSERVER ONLINE that certain steps have to be followed.
“Any kind of public march would require the approval of the police.”
He said anyone can march for any cause in Jamaica.
“As long as they don’t breach the peace, commit any offences and they get commission from the police to have the march, they are able to march,” Golding said.
“Jamaica is a free country and we have freedom of expression,” he added.
When quizzed about the legality of a same-sex marriage in Jamaica, the minister said: “No, they can’t have that.”
“A same-sex marriage is not recognised under our constitution,” he said.
Golding explained that the Jamaican Constitution is clear and explicitly states that marriage is between one man and one woman.
“So under our law, same-sex marriage is not recognised,” the minister reiterated.
Local gay lobby, J-FLAG, is refuting reports that it will host a road parade in August when the group plans to have a series of gay pride activities.
Social media has been abuzz since yesterday following a report that the group would host a parade, similar to what is done in the United States and other countries.
However, executive director of J-FLAG, Dane Lewis, says the report is wrong, adding that Jamaica is not ready for such an event.
Meanwhile, he says the group is planning a week-long series of activities starting on Emancipation Day, August 1, to mark growing tolerance for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
Some years ago, an attempt to host a gay parade was thwarted after anti-gay supporters reportedly planned attacks against marchers.
Jamaica is accused of being one of the most homophobic places on earth but it seems the Gleaner has overlooked the new Time Magazine story: Is ‘The Most Homophobic Place on Earth’ Turning Around? published 2015.
Last week, the US government released a report noting that anti-gay laws and the dancehall culture are responsible for perpetuating homophobia in Jamaica.