Court makes it official: Trinidad anti-gay law is dead

Trinidad’s High Court has confirmed and clarified its April decision that overturned the Caribbean island nation’s colonial-era anti-sodomy law.

In London in April, Trinidadian/British activist Jason Jones celebrates the victory in his lawsuit to overturn the Trinidad anti-gay law -- and pushes for other Commonwealth countries to follow suit. (Photo courtesy of Edwin Sesange)
In London in April, Trinidadian/British activist Jason Jones celebrates the victory in his lawsuit to overturn the Trinidad anti-gay law — and pushes for other Commonwealth countries to follow suit. (Photo courtesy of Edwin Sesange)

CAISO: Sex & Gender Justice provided this summary of the Sept. 20 rulings on the Trinidad anti-gay law by High Court Justice Devindra Rampersad in the case filed by British/Trinidadian activist Jason Jones:

  • Anal intercourse between any two consenting adults, made legal on April 12, remains so.
  • Sexual intimacy between consenting adults of the same sex, made legal on April 12, remains so.
  • Young people 16 and 17 can now consent to non-penetrative sex with same-sex partners, in addition to opposite-sex partners.
  • The Government’s request for the judgment not to take immediate effect was denied.
  • The Government was ordered to pay Jason Jones’s court costs.
  • The case has concluded in the High Court. The Government is now able to appeal to the Court of Appeal.

For more information, see CAISO’s full report.

CAISE adds:

“Several media reports have already been filed locally, each with at least some small inaccuracy:

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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 [email protected]

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