Don't villify Jamaicans who disagree with gay marriage

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Don't villify Jamaicans who disagree with gay marriage

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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Dear Editor,

I have been following the public contretemps between Maurice Tomlinson and Dr Daniel Thomas.

I think Maurice Tomlinson needs to be aware that many Jamaicans feel as if they are being bashed over the head with a deeply ideological and foreign gay-marriage big stick whenever he writes or takes a public stand in favour of gay men.

Mr Tomlinson's approach alienates many Jamaicans who may hesitate to accept gay marriage.

Jamaicans who do not accept gay marriage are seen as purveyors of hate, when the truth is, many Jamaicans regard gay marriage and adoption of children (or renting a womb to procure a child) as a social experiment and wish to see how this change in society will play out over a generation or two in places like the USA and Canada before they will accept gay marriage and child-rearing by same-sex couples as a norm for Jamaica.

After all, it took the great President Barack Obama until May 2012 to voice his support for gay marriage, after serving four years as leader of the free world. President Obama evolved in his views and slowly came to the conclusion that he supported gay marriage.

Why is Maurice Tomlinson so impatient that he wants Jamaicans to make an immediate about-turn in their views and to be called homophobic and backward if they do not?

The truth is that no one knows the long-term effects of gay marriage and same-sex child-rearing, as insufficient time has passed for data to be collected and analysed. So those Jamaicans who do not support gay marriage may be said to be erring on the side of caution and they ought not to be vilified because they disagree with gay marriage and same-sex child-rearing.

Martha Brae,

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