A High Court Judge in Trinidad and Tobago has ruled that the country’s buggery laws contravene the constitutional rights and freedoms of gays, by criminalising sexual relations between persons of the same sex, Trinidad Express has reported.
According to the publication, celebration by members of the LGBT community broke out outside the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain Thursday, as news came that Justice Devindra Rampersad ruled in favour of Trinidad-born gay rights activist Jason Jones.
Jones filed a constitutional motion challenging Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act, which makes buggery and serious indecency illegal even between two consenting adults.
The ruling is seen as a major victory for the LGBT community.
Even though the judge found that the laws were irrational and illegal, it remains on the statute books, pending a future hearing in July on the way forward, according to the news report.
This would determine whether the court could modify or strike out the laws in their entirety.
Attorneys for both Jones and the Office of the Attorney General are to file written submissions on the issue prior to the hearing date.