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Supreme Court throws out gay activist's claim against local TV stations

Friday, November 15, 2013 | 12:03 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Supreme Court has dismissed claims brought by gay rights activist Maurice Tomlinson against Television Jamaica (TVJ), CVM TV and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).

Tomlinson attempted to challenge the media establishments on their refusal to air advertisements promoting tolerance for homosexuals.

The ruling was handed down a short while ago.

Meanwhile, Tomlinson currently has a case before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) regarding the freedom of movement within CARICOM. 

The CCJ has started hearing applications for special leave to commence proceedings in the case in which Tomlinson is challenging the immigration laws of Trinidad and Tobago and Belize.

He claims that the Immigration Act in these two Caribbean Community countries violates his freedom of movement as a national within the 15-member grouping.

He is arguing that both countries are contracted parties to the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement and that the Immigration Act includes homosexuals "as a class of persons who are prohibited from entering their jurisdiction".

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