Attorney on results of UNAids poll:Way clear for PM to revisit gays issue

Published: October 10, 2014

Kalifa Clyne

The path is now clear for Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to “very easily” go back to Parliament and amend the Equal Opportunity Act to protect people from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation. So said attorney Douglas Mendes, SC, as he addressed the media following the launch of the results of a poll done by UNAids. The launch took place on Wednesday afternoon at the UN House, Chancery Lane, Port-of-Spain.
Last month, while in New York, Persad-Bissessar said T&T was nowhere near ready to establish a referendum dealing with the decriminalisation of homosexuality and gay rights as it was not legally possible.  She said tremendous opposition was faced, especially from the Roman Catholic Church, but the issue of gay rights was not really for the Government to decide. Mendes said the issue was about the protection of gay people against discrimination.

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