Monday, 2 January 2012

Homosexuality and Constitutional Law

Simeon CR McIntosh, former Dean & Prof of Jurisprudence Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies has produced a fascinating piece on the constitutional debate in the West Indies about repealing their laws criminalising homosexuality. He concludes that 'I re-echo my agreement with Prime Minister Stuart, that he should not repeal the law criminalising homosexuality on the directive of the British or US government. Rather, he should repeal the law because it is the just thing to do.'

It's fascinating to see the arguments from a  jurisdiction in which law and the politics of religion are seemingly inseparable and constitutional law is deployed to defend traditional constructions of homosexuality as evil and thus behaviour that ought to be criminalised.

The full piece is well worth a read and can be viewed here.

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