Saint Lucia ministers have been urged to imitate Antigua, where a government minister has said that she is open to recommending to cabinet that buggery be decriminalized.
Antigua’s Social Transformation Minister, Samantha Marshall, has described the buggery law as “antiquated.”
The Advocacy and Communications Officer of United and Strong Saint Lucia, Bennet Charles, has welcomed Marshall’s comments.
“I would really like to see our ministers, not only our Minister of Social Transformation, take a page from this Social Transformation Minister’s book,” Charles told the Times.
However he asserted that Saint Lucian ministers sometimes fear to say things that would harm their political career.
Charles stated that sadly, a lot of politicians tend to do what is popular instead of what is right.
He recalled that during the constitutional reform process here, United and Strong did make the call for the buggery law to be repealed.
Charles recounted that there was the feeling that Saint Lucia was not ready for such discussion.
He raised questions as to who should determine when a country is ready to repeal laws that are antiquated.
The United and Strong official expressed the view that a lot of times laws were created not to prosecute people, but to persecute them.
He felt that the buggery law and the gross indecency act represent legislation created to persecute.
Charles described the Antigua Minister of Social Transformation as a woman who understands that the buggery law is antiquated.
“The Caribbean region needs to do away with laws which the countries that we adopted them from have repealed, but we continue to hold on to them and it is affecting how people are treated in society,” he declared.
According to the United and Strong Advocacy and Communications Officer, it would be a positive thing if other government ministers in the Caribbean can copy the Antigua minister.