The LGBT community in Saint Lucia is celebrating Thursday’s landmark High Court ruling in Trinidad and Tobago, that the buggery laws of the twin Island republic contravene the constitutional rights and freedoms of gays, by criminalising sexual relations between persons of the same sex.
Speaking on behalf of the gay rights group here, United and Strong, Jessica St Rose told St Lucia Times that the organisation is ‘very happy’.
St Rose, who is the Secretary of United and Strong, said that the group is celebrating with its activists, supporters and allies in Trinidad and Tobago and the rest of the region.
“This is a very big, landmark victory for Trinidad and we are just very happy and excited that this has happened,” she told St Lucia Times.
Justice Devindra Rampersad Thursday ruled in favour of Trinidad-born gay rights activist Jason Jones, who had filed a constitutional motion challenging Sections 13 and 16 of Trinidad and Tobago’s Sexual Offences Act, which makes buggery and serious indecency illegal, even between two consenting adults.
Jessica St Rose observed that the case in the twin Island republic has been ongoing for some time, with the final judgement expected in July.
“Today is the beginning of a victory with more to come, we believe, in the Caribbean,” she declared.
“We are hoping that Trinidad would be the stepping stone and we would see more activists taking up the challenge to challenge the buggery law across the Caribbean,” St Rose asserted.
She expressed the view that the Trinidad ruling may influence other Caribbean states.
However the United and Strong official explained that this would depend on the right legal team and the right activists pushing the case.