Trinidad court overturns anti-sodomy law

Trinidad’s High Court today ruled that the nation’s law against same-sex intimacy is unconstitutional.

Supporters of LGBT rights demonstrate today outside Trinidad's Hall of Justice. Jason Jones, who suited to overturn Trinidad's anti-gay laws, is in the center.
Supporters of LGBT rights demonstrate today outside Trinidad’s Hall of Justice. Jason Jones, who suited to overturn Trinidad’s anti-gay laws, is in the center.

Justice Devindra Rampersad, who is presiding over the case, stated in his ruling:

“The court declares that sections 13 and 16 of the [Sexual Offences Act] are unconstitutional, illegal, null, void, invalid and of no effect to the extent that these laws criminalise any acts constituting consensual sexual conduct between adults.”

The nation’s anti-homosexuality law’s Sections 13 and 16 criminalize buggery and indecency, including consensual sex between adults. Trinidad inherited that law from its days as a British colony.

A final ruling in the case is scheduled in three months.

Caribbean/Canadian activist Maurice Tomlinson commented: “Love won!”

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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, and editor/publisher of Erasing 76 Crimes. Contact him at [email protected]

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