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US Embassy says gay flag was flown at at all their embassies worldwide

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 Douglas Knight on June 19, 2016 at 12:41am

Sure the Embassy is considered American soil, but it is still located in Jamaica, and respect must be shown to the laws of Jamaica. I stand behind the Attorney General who was voicing a personal opinion. I am appalled that the Government of Jamaica did not stand behind her. but when one lives as a prostitute, one can never expect to enjoy respect.

Comment by Dave on June 18, 2016 at 8:06pm
Marvin E Yearwood I see your point why single out Janaica? Probably sanctioned by American ambassador. I don't think he needs 5he Presidents approval.
Comment by hasina zuberi on June 18, 2016 at 4:02am

Let us as Jamaicans support our Attorney General.

Comment by hasina zuberi on June 18, 2016 at 4:00am

I am not against anyone who is a part of any community, BUT I find that this action was disrespectful in a country which upholds certain beliefs and laws. Apart from that, I cannot see what this has to do with nationality for a flag to be raised at an Embassy anywhere. If every time a massacre happens a flag is raised, then due RESPECT should be shown to those who are being massacred day by day in the Middle East by these AmeriKKKans and Br(u)itsh and so they should fly the flags of those territories over ALL Embassies worldwide. HYPOCRITES AND MURDERERS. Wouldn't be surprised if they themselves are not responsible for killing these people just like they did when they created AIDS and spread it to the LGBT community so the world could scapegoat them. God help us all.

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 17, 2016 at 1:23pm

Dave the Embassy is USA Territory. 

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 17, 2016 at 1:21pm

TOADY IS THE DAY THAT AN AMERICAN CHRISTIAN TERRORIST (KKK) GROUP KILLED NINE SOULS IN A CHURCH IN SOUTH CAROLINA WHO'S FAMILY FORGAVE THE TERRORIST ! REST IN PARADISE (RIP). 

No flag waved for them on any US Embassy!

Love and respect for all citizens of the world!

Comment by Qupet1 on June 17, 2016 at 9:07am
I wish the other islands would stand like Malahoo.
But No they have to kiss ass.

Like GospelPan said where's the flag for the other unarmed victims.

America think they can push everyone around.
Comment by Dave on June 16, 2016 at 11:53pm
I believe (may be wrong ) the US embassy is sovereign soil.
Comment by Bombahdrop on June 16, 2016 at 9:46pm
See !!!!!! That's the dam problem were having in the world right now. Majority of the United States don't want that abomination either but they don't care about us and are forcing us to deal with that s*** too. Now the world should have been woke up a long time ago when odambama, is going around the whole world forcing this law. They have the right to run they country as they see fit and you taking over wtf I mean wtf man. North Carolina same s***, Africa same s*** I mean don't you see what I see. Omgggoooood!!!!
Comment by GospelPan on June 16, 2016 at 9:20pm
I have a problem with this president...why not fly the US flag at half staff for the church folk that got killed by a racist white youth?? Why not fly it for all the unarmed black youths that were killed by cops recently ??

Let me see if they will do the same with their embassy in Russia.

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