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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.

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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 Mervin E Yearwood on June 16, 2016 at 2:33pm

Orlando shooting: Rainbow flag in Jamaica sparks row

A rainbow flag is flown in NicaraguaImage copyrightAFPImage captionRainbow flags have been flown around the world following Sunday's attack on a gay club in Florida

Jamaica's attorney general has sparked criticism after saying it was "disrespectful" to Jamaican law for the US embassy to fly a rainbow flag following the Orlando shooting.

In response, the US embassy in the capital Kingston asked Marlene Malahoo Forte to explain her legal reasoning.

Forty-nine people died when a gunman opened fire in a gay club in Florida.

Jamaica has laws criminalising gay sex and rights groups have warned LGBT face frequent discrimination.

The embassy in Kingston joined other US missions around the world in flying the rainbow flag in solidarity with the victims of the attack, the worst mass shooting in recent US history.

The flag symbolises the diversity of the LGBT movement.

Orlando shooting: Special report

'This is her country'

In a post that now appears to have been deleted, Ms Malahoo Forte said: "I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView."

The US embassy replied: "We're listening. Explain the legal reasoning? It was an attack of terror !!and!! hate, targeting the LGBT community".

She faced a backlash on social media where she was accused of ignorance and bigotry.

Others though defended her right to speak out. "This is her country, not America," said one comment on Facebook.

A letter to the Jamaica Observer warned the attorney general was painting the country in a bad light while saying no one was asking Ms Malahoo Forte "to condone homosexuality".

Separately, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness offered his condolences.

"The bullet of terrorism does not discriminate, it does not know gender, class or sexual orientation. We all grieve the 49 lives lost," he tweeted.

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 16, 2016 at 1:59pm

With due respect of members of  (LGBT) and their lost.

 Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte have a legitimate reason to question the action of the US Embassy on " United States Of American" territory in Jamaica.

The Jamaican People have issues with The LGBT community which their are working through their court system.

This was a clever way of THE USA. to protest the treatment of LGBT in Jamaica.

 

Comment by Mervin E Yearwood on June 16, 2016 at 1:32pm

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
June 12, 2016
Presidential Proclamation -- Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Orlando, Florida



HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA 

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 
A PROCLAMATION 

As a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, June 16, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 

twelfth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth. 

BARACK OBAMA 

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Comment by David on June 16, 2016 at 1:28pm
Don't fall for the bait! America knows that Jamaica is a homophobic country and is trying to start some mess, as usual. I live is Ameeica, and I have never seen the rainbow flag flown beside the American flag! I bet they didn't fly it universally at all embassies! They are purposely flew it there, and not say, the Middle East! Ignore it!

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