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Jamaica placed at top of no-go destinations for gays



The website, Cheapflights.co.uk, lists Jamaica along with Fiji, Poland, Nicaragua and Mauritius as countries that are not friendly to gays.

"Believe it or not, there are still several places in this modern world where being gay is actually illegal and can result in abuse, and even arrest in some cases.

"So as well as telling travellers where they should go, we also highlight where they shouldn't with the following top five," the website said in listing the countries.

Meanwhile, Cheapflights.co.uk lists Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans and Provincetown in the United States; and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, as the top five economic and enjoyable destinations to visit.

Cheapflights.com boasts of being able to provide the best shopping-comparison engines for consumers making domestic and international trips.

Jamaica has been placed on various blacklists by gay-rights groups which have argued that the country has not demonstrated tolerance to diverse sexual orientations.

The country's prime minister, Bruce Golding, has said gay advocates are "perhaps the most organised lobby in the world".

He has, however, said that Jamaica was "not going to yield to the pressure, whether that pressure comes from individual organisations, individuals, whether that pressure comes from foreign governments or groups of countries, to liberalise the laws as it relates to buggery", the prime minister told Parliament last year.

Golding has also made it clear that Jamaica's Parliament would not recognise same-sex marriage or same-sex unions while he was in power.

"I make no apology in saying decisively and emphatically that the Government of Jamaica remains irrevocably opposed to the recognition, legitimisation or acceptance of same-sex marriages or same-sex unions," Golding said last year as he piloted the Charter of Rights through the Parliament

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Comment by Dellareese Smith-Styles on April 8, 2010 at 5:43pm
Will someone please turn on the light in Jamaica, because it clear that the country is still burning kerosene lamps, and that the prime minister is still living in the stone age with that ignorance is bliss attitude..... Cmon lets get wit the program JA.
Comment by Carl on April 8, 2010 at 5:38pm
Not being scientists we don't which other animals engage in same-sex behavior. And the argument about gangs is specious at best. The bottom line is with all of the suffering and economic inequity in Jamaica, and other countries, why are people so focused on gay people? I love Jamaica and the Jamaican people, but c'mon there are much better things to do in this life than worry about gay people and our rights. As long as there is poverty and suffering I don't care about gay marriage but at the same time I don't see how gay marriage affects straight marriage.

Shar Cor even though we may not agree on the subject I thank you for posing very intelligent questions in a respectful manner. Just watch, as time goes on some of the posters' real venom will energe by cslling me and others "batty bwoy who deserve de fiya!" But the fact remains, it must remembered no matter how much name calling goes about, we are here and we're here to stay!

Peace!
Comment by quashi on April 8, 2010 at 5:31pm
good. keep it that way.
Comment by Carl on April 8, 2010 at 4:47pm
Well, it figures, Jamaica is still in the Dark Ages, socially!

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