A Saint Lucian Clergyman has expressed concern about a recent ‘buggery’ ruling in the Trinidad and Tobago High Court.
In a move that has been widely celebrated by gay rights activists across the Caribbean, the High Court ruled that the nation’s buggery laws are unconstitutional.
Justice Devindra Rampersad ruled that Sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act are “unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid and are of no effect to the extent that these laws criminalise any acts constituting consensual sexual conduct between adults”.
Peter Fevrier, the Assistant Administrator at the Family and Life Secretariat of the Catholic Church in Saint Lucia, told St Lucia Times he hopes that the same kind of court ruling does not occur here.
But he emarked that such a possibility exists.
“There seems to be a trend worldwide of countries adjusting their legislation as far as this matter is concerned”, Fevrier stated.
However he told St Lucian Times that same-sex relationships are not acceptable in the eyes of God and are described in the bible book of Leviticus as “an abomination” in the sight of God.
The Catholic official told St Lucia Times that whether such acts are accepted in the community or legislated does not make them right.
“What we have to remember is that we are a Christian nation and scripture is supposed to influence our lives, supposed to influence our morality and is supposed to influence our legislation,” the clergyman declared.
According to the Catholic Deacon, it must be remembered that Christians are living not for the law, but for God.
“The mission of the Christian and all children of God is to know God, to love him and serve him in this life, so we can be happy with him in the life after”, he explained.
Fevrier noted that according to the scriptures, Christians must glorify God in body and spirit.
“We would expect that scripture would influence our lawmakers so that they would write according to the precepts of scripture. But if it does not come out to be this way, Christians must continue to profess and tell the nation that it is not right in the eyes of God”, he asserted.