Government Not Budging On ‘Same-Sex Business’

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The government of Antigua & Barbuda will not be changing the laws related to same-sex relations without an order from the courts.

That’s according to Attorney General, Steadroy Benjamin, who addressed the issue in parliament this week.

“As your AG, I have to entertain discussions. There are many groups Mr. Speaker, who have approached the Attorney General and have asked him to consider bringing legislation about this same sex business. They have to take us to court with that one. We are not going down that road”, Benjamin said in the parliament’s lower chamber on Tuesday.

The Marriage Act in Antigua and Barbuda only recognizes unions between a man and a woman.

“This other matter about liberalization of some gentlemen doing funny things with gentlemen, not me. No, no I’m being honest! I have to tell the people how it is. It’s the truth”, he added.

The Sexual Offences Act of 1995 criminalizes certain behaviors associated with some same sex couples.

Buggery is described in the Act as “sexual intercourse per anum by a male person with a male person or by a male person with a female person”.

According to the Act, an adult who commits the offence on a minor faces up to life imprisonment.

If both parties are adults the maximum sentence is 15 years and a minor who commits buggery can be jailed for up to five years.

Additionally, the crime of Serious Indecency is defined as “an act, other than sexual intercourse (whether natural or unnatural), by a person involving the use of the genital organ for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire”.

The Sexual Offences Act state serious indecency is not an offence if it is done in private by a husband and his wife or a male person and a female person each of whom is sixteen years of age or more.

A person convicted of serious indecency on a minor faces up to 10 years in prison.

The maximum sentence is five years if the offence is committed on or toward a person 16 years or older.

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  1. What two consenting perverts do in the privacy of their own home is none of my business. Do not try to force me to accept as normal what I perceive to be degenerate and deviant behavior. Homosexuality is a sin like any other sexual sin , it takes a firm resolve to control you impulses and worship and honor God rather than your self. If you choose not to do this that is your business keep me , my children and grandchildren out of your perversity. I a woman/man told you she cannot be with just one man/woman she/he would not be accepted as normal and she was born that way so please , get a grip

  2. Jus say. NO TO SAME SEX. MARRIAGES AND DONE …

    WHO NAR LIKE UM CAN GO WEY ITS ACCEPTED TORY DONE ALL THESE WORD PLAY …SERIOUS INDECENCY OR BUGGERY ….

    LOOK SO MANY GAY MEN & WOMEN IN ANTIGUA IF THEY WANT TO BE LEGALLY MARRIED and be recognised as a union GO FARRIN…OR CANADA..ENGLAND…

    All this rig ma rosy …..NO TO SAME SEX MARRIAGES IT DONE THAT STILL NAR TAP THEM FROM SEXING EACH OTHER….

    BIG DUTTY. CHURPPPZZZZ

    • Agreed 100%- All of a sudden,the developed nations just seem to be harassing everyone to accept their filthy lifestyle as a norm,as an earlier post said,if a Woman decides she wants to have three or four Men ,she would be labelled as promiscuous and would be looked down upon,not accepted as been born that way. It has now become natural and a Human right ,that two Men/Women should be considered husband & wife,what confusion.Who is the Husband and who is the Wife.. It is all over Europe& North America,sick perverted lifestyle is just been proudly Flaunted in people’s faces and these days you cannot even speak your mind or else you are labeled a Hater and all sorts of nonsense.. Any Government who concedes to changing any Laws to suit this perversion will not be getting an X from me, Iam sure there are thousands that will think the same. Keep you’ll filth in your Wealthy Developed Societies,because it will only be a matter of time before some form of serious Judgement will be poured out on your nations..

  3. Human beings have been “buggering” since before humans ever created the mental construct of “god”. Why does Antigua have to live in the dark ages because a few close minded people live in fear? If god is real, why does he let flys feed from the eyes of starving children in Africa? You need to get with it, the world is knocking at the door and the island is just turning the religious radio up so it can’t hear it.

    • Yes Allister Crowley. “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole law”

      I rebuke that evil thinking in Jesus name Amen!!!

    • @ Me for the People-Did you see the ancient people buggering? The harder the World knocks at our doors,the louder we will turn the Radio up,not a religious radio,but one of morals and sanity..You are free to go where the Religious radio’s are turned off and live your life how you would like to,no ones business, (sooner or later you will get a visit from the Imaginary God-)but you certainly cannot tell us as a nation that we should comply with you..

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