- Dr Christopher Tufton is a former government minister and co-executive director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute, a University of the West Indies, Mona, policy think tank and a recently reinstated senator. Email: email@example.com
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.
Veteran politician Pearnel Charles has reignited the gay debate telling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters in St Ann that a four-year-old promise by then Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller was purely aimed at getting support.
In the lead up to the 2011 general election, Simpson Miller had commanded riveting attention from members of the lesbians, gays, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) community when she promised that as Prime Minister she would facilitate in Parliament a conscience vote on the controversial issue of the buggery law.
But with the current political cycle coming to an end, that is yet to happen.
READ: Gay, but not happy: J-FLAG disappointed with PM's unfulfilled promise
Speaking in Alexandria, St Ann Sunday night, Charles, the Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon, stressed that the JLP will not countenance men marrying men.
"This will never happen here, not as long as I am alive," declared Charles to huge cheers adding that he would enlist the church to help him in "the fight".
He was supported by former MP for South West St Ann, Ernest Smith, who declared that the People's National Party must not be allowed to turn Jamaica into Sodom and Gomorrah territory.
MP, Attorney, Ernest Smith sings different buggery tune 2009 and Ernie Smith's trope in this four year old video report:
Homophobic Violence Ernie Smith & Venom 2009 from sister blog GLBTQ Jamaica
Would Lawyer MP Ernest Smith Represent Gays? 2009
Promoting homosexuality? No, its about freedom of choice, privacy & tolerance 2009
"Keep it to Yuself mentality" on homosexuality part 3 .... stay in our bedrooms? 2012