Contributor Errol McLeish
Gay rights have for some time now , been a hot topic item in the United States it has generated much political debate on the issue . This scenario is not unique to the US, as similar discourse has been raised in other developed jurisdiction and gaining much traction in the developing regions, in particular Jamaica.
The reality is , Gay issues are and will be a potent political strong point in the US , because of the highly influential lobby groups and political clout by well placed supporters in position of control in congress. They have used their privileged position to assert their influence for political mileage . Their tentacles of influence have caused even the staunch moralist , who have used the Bible as a support base to substantiate their stance of its immoral standings , to be changing tunes , virtually watering down their faith to accommodate its overwhelming influence .
Indeed , this paradigm shift in perspective , have seen in recent time the President of the United States , Barack Obama and former secretary of State Hilary Clinton endorsing same sex marriages. Recently Republican Senator Rob Portman a conservative from the State of Ohio, surprised his fellow conservatives with his recent switch to support Gay marriage , influenced in part by his son’ s disclosure that he was Gay . There has even been suggestion that the newly ordained Pope is considering softening his view on homosexual engagements. Perhaps the cynics and skeptics might suggest that the Catholic churches’ dwindling converts have caused it to take a radical stance to attract and maintain its stance in the society and its pocket book.
Jamaica , known for its belligerent view on homosexuality , despite having many embedded deeply in political and other influential places , have been feeling the influence and impact of the political manipulation of the issue by the developed countries . In a recent presentation in the UK Parliament , the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom , issued not so veiled threats to countries like Jamaica in the developed world who depend on their grants, that they should soften their stance on homosexuality or else the grants and assistance given them would dry up . The European Union too , have openly adapted this view . So it comes as no surprise that our own PM, Portia Simpson Miller, in the national debate, stated openly she would be willing to reconsider looking at aspects of the act which deals with issues of that nature. Indeed , perhaps Someone should have warned Bruce Golding ,when he was interviewed on the British television talk show “Hard talk “ of the changing times and advise him to be more politically correct in articulating his point.
British PM David Cameron : Former Jamaican PM Bruce Golding:
Let me state categorically, I have never embraced homosexual practices or its concept as being normal and I guess I never will . I however recognized that as a liberal thinker and a pragmatist who embraces objective thinking, within reason of course, agree with the view that what a man or a woman does in his or her bedroom is their business. I believe and hold fervently to the belief, that these liberties and privileges should come with some qualification, perhaps for starters , open demonstration of affection . Well at least that’s my view, but by the looks of things, proponents are seeking much more than just an open kiss in public places.
It is by now clear that there is global paradigm shift with respect to Gay rights, those who hold true to old fashion religious values will by now have learned that the deck is stacked against them. Its either they join in arriving at a consensus on the way forward to address equality of space in this regard or suffer the detriment of an avalanche of overwhelming force by proponents who wield immense power. Indeed, tolerance does not mean acceptance, but could be a solution to mending fences.
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