Aug 22, 2008

Gay sex DECRIMINALISED in Panama...laws found to be inconsistent with international human rights y mas!



By Rachel Charman

"The ban on gay sex was inconsistent with the Panamanian Constitution

President Martin Torrijos Espino has decriminalised gay sex in Panama.

On 29th July, President Espino and Health Minister Rosario E. Turner signed a decree repealing a 1949 law that made gay sex an illegal offence that would incur a $500 (£266) fine or a prison sentence.

The decriminalisation came after protests from gay equality group New Men and Women of Panama, the San Fransisco Bay Times reports.

The ban on gay sex was found to be inconsistent with international human rights treaties that Panama has signed, as well as the Panamanian Constitution.

The law was also in conflict with the Health Ministry's policy to 'maintain respect for the sexual preferences of each person, without the existence of any type of discrimination' in the administration of its sexually transmitted diseases programs.

Amnesty International states that there are currently 11 nations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean where homosexuality is illegal.

Those countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.*"

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-8700.html

ATTENTION: ARCHBISHOP DREXEL GOMEZ (chair of the Anglican Covenant Design Group):

*The ONLY countries in Latin America where homosexuality is ILLEGAL is in The Anglican Province of The West Indies/Primate Drexel Gomez! Note also that the frequency of Crimes of HATE generated against LGBT people correspond directly to these SPECIFIC countries with JAMAICA being the most violent and abusive and deadly!

Bishop Drexel what are you going to do about the CRIMES OF HATE running rampant against LGBT Anglican/Christians/others in The Anglican Province of The West Indies (especially Jamaica)?

Those who ignore crimes of HATE are accessories to crimes of HATE!

SINS of omission come to mind.

5 comments:

Cany said...

You realize, Leonardo, that this makes the US a "third world" country...

Horrah for Panemaa and El Presidente!

Cany said...

Err Panema!

Lynn said...

Next up, perhaps...the Commonwealth of Virginia, USA? Who knows, when they find out the macho Hispanic dudes decriminalized gay sex...

Nah. Wishful thinking.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

when they find out the macho Hispanic dudes decriminalized gay sex..." Lynn

And they REALLY ARE macho Hispanic "dudes"...amazing, it appears brains are nolonger found only below the beltline...now, lets see where they are located on the otherside of the Beltway!

Lynn said...

Leonardo, I'm pretty sure it will take a direct challenge to the Virginia sodomy laws to get them off the books here. Actually, there are also criminal penalties "lewd and lascivious behavior" laws for heterosexuals, too - including married couples, and we are talking actions in the privacy of home with closed drapes and doors.