Churches divided on buggery

July 24, 2017

Some member of the clergy declined to comment on whether the buggery law should be repealed, while others were in support of the head of the Anglican church in Jamaica and Cayman, Bishop Howard Gregory, who called for the buggery to be stricken off the legal books.

Garnett Roper, head of the Theological Seminary, has also come out in support of Bishop Howard. He argued that buggery has nothing to do with homosexuality as it does not speaks to lesbianism but rather anal sex.

Buggery, he noted is a moral problem, and not a matter for criminal law that should be struck off the books rather than having a referendum.

He says it should be struck off the books to make our laws more modern and civilised.

"There was a law that made every contact with the herb illegal, but we have modified that law to a certain extent, and now I think it is time to look at the Sexual Offences Act because there are aspects of it that do not protect boys from a certain kind of rape," he said.

 

Counter productive

 

Roper noted that the presence of the buggery law does not have any effect on sexual behaviour.

"To waste taxpayers' money to have a referendum on whether buggery should be removed is counter productive. There are more serious things that the Government should direct it's legislative attention towards. I don't think what adults do in the confines of their bedroom should be one of them, but that does not say I agree with that I agree with homosexuality. I do not agree with it, but I do not think it is a matter for the criminal law," he told THE STAR.

Meanwhile, Reverend Karl Johnson noted that he has always been against a referendum to decide whether buggery should remain on the books.

"I speak personally when I say that I don't think the buggery law in it's current format is of any relevance at all or is of any use. You can't enforce it. It is not making any reference to same-sex unions," Johnson said.

He also argued that a man and woman who want to become adventurous would find themselves in problems based on the current Buggery Act.

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