You know how Jamaica gets a bad rap for hating the gays? That’s so mean you guys! The island nation is sooo not homophobic! So what if that one British guy was murdered there; it wasn’t because he’s gay! And so what if one of Jamaica’s biggest cultural exports is a homophobe? He’s trying to reform! And besides, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding absolutely loves the homos. Oh, wait, that’s a big lie?
Yes, yes it is. Golding, who previously said he would never let a gay sit in his Cabinet, is making sure everyone knows Jamaica will never legalize gay marriage under his watch. He told Parliament: “I make no apology in saying decisively and emphatically that the government of Jamaica remains irrevocably opposed to the recognition, legitimization or acceptance of same-sex marriages or same-sex unions. … I will not accept it that homosexuality must be accepted as a legitimate form of behavior or the equivalent of marriage.” You know, just in case anyone though the civil liberties constitutional amendment Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms had any chance of passing.