President Paula-Mae Weekes is calling on proper reporting and dissemination of information on the recent court ruling on the Sexual Offences Act.
The president issued a statement today, in which she pointed to the laws, in a bid to encourage proper discord.
She says it is important that the national psyche is not damaged by inadvertently inciting victimisation, bigotry and violence.
The following is the president's statement.
The Archbishop of Port-of-Spain Jason Gordon says the Roman Catholic Church does not support homosexuality but “does not believe that buggery should be criminalised at this time.”
On Thursday, the local lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community won a “victory” when in a landmark ruling Justice Devindra Rampersad deemed this country’s sodomy law unconstitutional.
The High Court has ruled it unconstitutional to impede on the rights of homosexual men and anal sex.
However, a final ruling will be handed down in three months so as to preserve the need for consent.
Members and friends of the LGBTQIA Community gathered outside of the Hall of Justice for the ruling celebrated as they learnt of the ruling, which came on the basis of a challenge brought by Jason Jones against the state.
The court matter was brought to repeal sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act.
We will have further information as we get it.
The Catholic Chruch is calling for respect to persons with same-gender sexual-orientation but is siding with other religious groups, against the repeal of the buggery law.
The Catholic Media Service issued the following statement today:
"A Christian NGO, T&T Cause calls the nation to come out April 6 and unite to preserve and protect the family and stop the following: The striking down of the buggery law legalising same-sex-marriage.
President Paula-Mae Weekes said yesterday that one of the benefits of living in a multi-religious society such as T&T, is that “we can all extract the essence of the beliefs of others and discover its relevance to us.”
In her Easter message yesterday, she said the teaching of comparative religion in schools can bring a richer and more complete understanding of the beliefs, practices and fundamental philosophy of the faiths that co-exist in our shared space.