Wednesday, July 6, 2022

A Caribbean court rules colonial-era law against gay sex is unconstitutional

A Caribbean court has ruled an antiquated law in Antigua and Barbuda that criminalises gay sex is unconstitutional.

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court said a law in Antigua and Barbuda that punishes anal sex between men with 15 years in prison with five-year sentences for “serious indecency” could not be upheld as it “offends the right to liberty, protection of the law, freedom of expression, protection of personal privacy and protection from discrimination on the basis of sex.”

Such laws used to be common in former British colonies across the Caribbean but have been challenged in recent years.

The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court is a regional body with jurisdiction over Antigua and Barbuda, the Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and three British Overseas Territories.

Good news from Caribbean!!!

British colonisers made laws outlawing homosexuality, enough!

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