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Jamaica AG under fire for voicing disapproval of rainbow flag at US Embassy

The United States Embassy in Jamaica says the rainbow flag being flown at its consulate is also being flown "across the globe" at all its embassies.

A tweet from the US Embassy this afternoon read: "Across the globe US Embassies flying our flag half-mast in memorial & rainbow flag in solidarity w LGBT our citizens."

The tweet comes hours after a controversial tweet from Attorney General Marlene Malahoo-Forte denouncing the flying of the rainbow flag in Jamaica, following a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday.

"I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView," Malahoo Forte said in a post on Monday.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL MARLENE MALAHOO FORTE (CREDIT: JAMAICA GLEANER FILE PHOTO)

 

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte has come under criticism and is being asked to explain herself, after saying that the United States Embassy in Jamaica was disrespecting the island’s laws by flying a rainbow flag, following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.

The rainbow flag, which is symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, has been flying at half mast next to the US flag at the Embassy in Kingston.

But Malahoo Forte made it clear, in a post on Twitter, that she did not agree with that expression of solidarity.

Stressing that it was her personal opinion, Malahoo Forte tweeted yesterday that while she condemned the gun attack by Omar Mateen, which left 50 people dead and 53 injured, she found it “disrespectful of Jamaica’s laws” to have to the rainbow flag flying there. Buggery remains illegal in Jamaica.

malaloo forte tweet

However, the US Embassy replied to Malahoo Forte’s tweet, asking her to explain her “legal reasoning”.

The Attorney General has also been harshly criticized by some on Twitter, while others agreed that she had a valid point.

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Comment by Bombahdrop on June 20, 2016 at 6:26pm
Those two flags is a Godforsaken Mockery and Blasphemy man!
Together it looks like a horse the USA on top and the h*** flag on bottom as to say America takes it in the ass, all welcome. Oh my Lord For they for they know not what they do.
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Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 20, 2016 at 6:21pm

USA Corrected it self that is what their should have done in the beginning and not single out Jamaica.

 U.S. Embassy U.S. Embassy Chargé d' Affaires Of Jamaica.



Deputy Chief of Mission


Official Photo: Elizabeth Lee Martinez

Elizabeth Lee Martinez assumed her duties as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston on September 19, 2013.  She is a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, and has over 25 years of experience with the U.S. Department of State.

Ms. Martinez most recently served as Director of the Office of Canadian Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Her previous assignments include Deputy Director in the Office of the Special Envoy to Sudan (2009-2011) and Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2006-2009).  Her other overseas postings include Nassau, The Bahamas, Casablanca, Morocco, and San Salvador, El Salvador.   

Ms. Martinez has also served in Washington as Director of the Executive Secretariat’s Support Staff, Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary, and in various positions in the Bureaus of Western Hemisphere and East Asia and Pacific Affairs.  

A native of Ohio and long-suffering Cleveland sports fan, Ms. Martinez holds a BA in International Studies from Miami University and M.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University.  She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Arabic.  She is married and has one daughter.

 

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 20, 2016 at 6:01pm

Comment by Fusion12 on June 20, 2016 at 2:57pm

i think that the gay community is behind the shooting,so that naive people would be sympathetic to the them . they have a greater agenda ,which is to be the most powerful group in america i.e ahead of the NRA .. think about it people ..open your eyes 

Comment by Carl on June 20, 2016 at 2:46pm
Only rainbow I respect is the one the Lord gave to Noah. PERIOD!
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It was done on America soil. Pipe down lady.

Comment by Roots aka TJ What De Ras on June 19, 2016 at 6:49am
Respect the Laws of Jamaica land.

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