KINGSTON, Jamaica — Leader of Government Business in the Senate, AJ Nicholson, has criticized statements coming from within the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) that the issue of amending Jamaica’s buggery law should be put to a referendum.
Obviously the goodly former Justice Minister now Foreign Affairs who seems to have convenient amnesia of his previous utterances regarding the buggery and how his administration has exploited or manipulated same for votes; lest we forget the election win by none other than PJ Patterson where he used TOK's Chi Chi Man song to sure up his hetero-image in the wake of homosexual allegation as used by the JLP.
PNP 2006, No plans to Legalise Same Sex Union (FLASHBACK)
Opposition Leader sides with antigay groups on Referendum on The Buggery Law 2014
Opposition sides with Govt on No to same sex marriage (2009 post when the PNP was in opposition)
Jamaican Opposition Leader says he would allow homosexuals in his cabinet (Holness flip flopping on the issue when it suits him)
Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson’s call for tolerance not genuine & sheer hypocrisy 2014
Holness dithering on homosexuality 2011
“This referendum business, you know, it is full time that we get out of it. You know why? I hear coming from some quarters in your (JLP) party that you want an insane proposal, that you want to have a referendum in Jamaica on the issue of buggery! You crazy?” Nicholson asked the Opposition during yesterday’s debate on the Caribbean Court of Justice Bills.
“You want people running up and down Jamaica on a political platform dealing with homosexuality, you crazy? Look here, let us wake up, man,” Nicholson stated.
JLP MP Pearnel Charles (North Central Clarendon) was reported in the press recently as telling supporters that the promise by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller on the eve of the 2011 General Election to repeal the buggery law was purely vote catching.
Speaking at a mass rally in Alexandria, St Ann Sunday night, Charles said that the JLP would not countenance same-sex marriages.
"This will never happen here, not as long as I am alive," he declared to loud cheers from the crowd. Charles added that he would enlist the church to help him in "the fight".
In the lead up to the 2011 General Election, Simpson Miller had promised Jamaica’s lesbians, gays, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community that, as prime minister, she would facilitate in Parliament a conscience vote on the controversial issue of the buggery law. But, after four years in office, nothing has been done to support this promise.
However, Charles’ call for a referendum on the issue was first proposed by leader of the party and the Opposition, Andrew Holness. Holness said that a JLP Government would allow Jamaicans to vote in a referendum, to determine if there should be any amendment to the Buggery Act.
"You will also know that when it comes to time to determine whether or not we should make any changes to the Buggery Act, or to any other act that determines how Jamaicans see the family, you know that we are not going to take it up onto ourselves in Parliament to make that decision. We are going to come to you, the people of the country, to make that decision," he told a JLP Area Council Four meeting at Manning’s School in October.
And I ask again:
Where are the sensible minds in the senate such as the former Attorney General, Foreign Affairs and Justice Minster Oswald Harding of the very JLP who in 2004 said: Keep Law Out of Gays’ Bedrooms (FLASHBACK) or Harding warns against discrimination based on language, sexual orientation (Observer 2011) is this the reason why we do not see him anymore around politically? He the longest serving senator in the nation's history. He was born in Kingston. Harding was the first person to serve as President of the Senate of Jamaica for two non-consecutive tenures, serving from 1980 to 1984 and from 2007 to 2011. First appointed to the Senate in 1977, he served in the body continuously until 2002, and rejoined the Senate from 2007 until his retirement from politics in 2011. His first period as a senator was the longest continuous tenure in the body's history.
Mr Nicholson needs to be reminded some more of his own manipulation what hypocrisy is this.
more Nicholson manipulation:
Foreign Affairs Minister says Govt should be cautious on gay rights issues in Jamaica
The line in the sand for the PNP part 10 : Buggery referendum & more CCJ
Nicholson insists no need for referendum on CCJ Bills (Observer)
The Arthur Williams, Malahoo Forte issue (Observer)
Nuff said yah man
Peace & tolerance