A man called Colin Robinson has asked for several things to support gays in Trinidad. They are
to prevent discrimination and violence,
for attention to homelessness,
to make schools safe for young people,
to train police.
We've repeatedly asked them to listen and consult,
and offered our help with building a nation for everyone
Now the minister for gender affairs, Dr Mary King, has decided that Trinidad and Tobago should have an open discussion and consultation on GAY MARRAIGE.
I see nothing unreasonable in what Robinson is asking for. No one should be a victim of hate. I think that the Minister went a bit too far though. Let's do away with prejudice. However, I will never support Gay marraige in Trinidad and Tobago.
Robinson even made issue with the religious leaders, who make a big deal about the Gay lifestyle but have little to say about the vulgarity of Carnival.
Mr Robinson, you are not listening. You're accusing people of not listening, but neither are you. Perhaps when you watch a religious person on TV it is a foreigner, because the local religious leaders always talk about the vulgarity of Carnival.
I love what Leela Ramdeen of the Catholic Commission for Social Justice had to say:
(The Catholic Commission for Social Justice) support CAISO's call for freedom against discrimination and violence, but noted they do not support people acting on their homosexuality and any law that will allow that.
"So in my opinion, I don't think any debate will be helpful now. The majority of people in this country believe in one faith, and most other religions will not agree to that," she said.
Ramdeen said, according to the Roman Catholic Church, a man was meant to be with a woman.
The President of the Inter-Religious Organisation, Haji Abzal Mohammed, said that he would support national debate for Homosexual Marraige. Still,even though everyone has a right to an opinion, the IRO's views will remain. (No to Gay Marriage!)
"If something like this is coming up, we will have to look at it ... but if God almighty made something unlawful, how can a human make it lawful?" he said.
Asked about the IRO's role in Carnival and claims by Robinson that religious leaders do not complain, Mohammed said "people just don't listen to them".
"Every year we send out statements about the activities surrounding Carnival, about the alcohol consumption, but people don't take us on,"
I do not know if Mary King is for or against Gay Marraige. She has called for a discussion, but as far as i am concerned, I am against it.