Interfaith leaders in Trinidad express unity on traditional marriage
Interfaith leaders, including Catholics, have declared their belief that marriage can only be between a biological man and a biological woman.
Claiming to jointly represent almost 90 per cent of Trinidad and Tobago’s population, in a 11th June news conference they also stated their intent to make two proposals to the Trinidad and Tobago government.
The first is that the Marriage Act be amended to include the words, ‘biological male and biological female’. The second proposal is that the Equal Opportunity Act not be amended to include LGBT definitions of gender and sexuality.
“The Equal Opportunity Act adequately caters to all citizens,” said the Rev. Desmond Austin of the Trinidad and Tobago Council of Evangelical Churches, “and the word ‘gender’ or ‘sex’ should not be redefined.”
A High Court decision in April declared two sections of the Sexual Offences Act dealing with sodomy null and void, prompting LGBT groups to seek amendments to the Equal Opportunity Act.
Picture: Port of Spain Archbishop Jason Gordon poses for a photo with other faith leaders on 11th June. Also pictured are Hindu Satnarayan Maharaj, Imam Yacoob Ali, evangelical Desmond Austin and Mufti Mohammed Haque. (CNS photo/Laura Ann Phillips).