Does your faith believe in jailing gays?

Maurice Tomlinson and Tom Decker (Photo courtesy of Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network)
Maurice Tomlinson and Tom Decker (Photo courtesy of Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network)

On Tuesday, April 26, I will be back in court as part of my ongoing constitutional challenge to the Jamaican anti-sodomy law.

At that time nine faith groups will be seeking to join the government in defending the law. They claim that consenting adults like me and my husband, Tom, must be sent to prison for up to 10 years at hard labour because of what we do in the privacy of our bedrooms. In addition, we must be registered as sex offenders and always carry a pass, or face a $1 million fine plus 12 months in prison at hard labour. The groups have argued that, among other things, these drastic actions are necessary to prevent the extinction of mankind!

As a gay Christian I am very disappointed that there are no religious groups in Jamaica that are willing to speak out in support of my case. Not a single one.

So, if you belong to a faith group anywhere in the world that believes that Tom and I are NOT criminals and should NOT be sent to prison, please let me know. Also, would you or your group be willing to sign an open letter condemning this British, colonially imposed law?


“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at


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