Opposition MP Bradley Felix believes that the United States should respect Jamaica’s position on same-sex unions amid reports that Washington planned to post a diplomat involved in a same-sex marriage in Kingston.
Jamaican laws do not recognise same-sex couples.
But Jamaica Observer quoted the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, dismissing media reports of a row with the United States over the issue.
Choiseul MP Bradley Felix noted that the United States and many other countries have been quite liberal regarding same-sex marriages.
However, Felix told reporters Wednesday on the margins of a meeting of the House of Assembly that Caribbean countries still need to look into that discussion.
Nevertheless, the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) MP believed that the United States should respect the fact that same-sex marriages are against the law in Jamaica.
Felix felt the issue had implications for the rest of the Caribbean.
“I think what it means for us in the Caribbean is we need to start that discussion in earnest because it’s going to come to our doorstep pretty soon,” the former Government Minister told reporters.
In addition, Felix spoke of the need to consider how some of the bigger countries on which Caribbean countries depend would respond.
“They might decide to squeeze us into accepting some of these norms that they have accepted,” he explained.
“I think that as a region, that discussion is way past due because we see it all over social media, we see it in the news how this, I don’t know if I want to call it, this new lifestyle has now been imposed all over the place,” Felix stated.
And he emphasised that governments and opposition in the region need to be united.
“At the end of the day, we are small countries. We are Christian countries and we have to look at the implications of some of these things,” Felix told reporters.