UPDATED: April 6, 2012 – The two men tell their story as victims… but photos surface of them having public sex in broad daylight!
Gay rights activist says the two were wrong…
First the two ‘victims’ cry the blues about prejudice against gays…
But then the truth comes out… Photos of the two doing it in public in broad daylight. They knew they were putting on a show with dozens of people watching…
Friends… I don’t care if you are having sex with a man, a woman or several of each at the same time… if you deliberately do it where my children can see you – nevermind the law, you have a big problem with me.
UPDATED: March 23, 2012
More details: The men were on the ship, outside of their cabin on the balcony, naked and fondling each other. They were not having sex.
They had been drinking and, according to their lawyer, “They were struck by the beautiful mountains, clear fresh water and beauty of the island and they also had a few cock-tails and so threw caution to the wind. They came here for a good time and did not mean to offend the laws of the country,”
The two were convicted of “Indecent Exposure” and fined EC$2,400.00 each. They were scheduled to leave the island on Thursday evening. A large crowd gathered at the court and the police had to put up barricades. The Chief Magistrate called the two “rogues and vagabonds”, but it sounds to me like the judge was just disgusted that two men were traveling together as a couple.
Now folks, whether you’re a gay or straight couple, if you appear naked on the cruise ship’s balcony and fondle each other while in port you will attract attention and some of it might be from the authorities. That’s a given.
The real question is: In all the circumstances, were these two men treated differently than a straight couple would have been treated?
I think so. I can’t believe that a man and a woman making the same errors in judgment would have ended up in jail for the night and then have been the subject of so much public attention and disgust. What do you think, folks?
Dominica News Online: Men found guilty of indecent exposure
Original story published on March 22, 2012….
Would the two have been arrested if they were a man and a woman?
Whatever you’re doing in the privacy of your own room – well, I guess you’d better be sure those curtains are drawn and that they aren’t too thin. Wifey and I learned years ago (and much to our embarrassment at the time) that just because you can’t see out, doesn’t mean the neighbours can’t see in!
“The presence of gay cruises in the Caribbean has riled several conservative islands including Jamaica and Grenada, where anti-sodomy laws are enforced with strong backing from religious groups.
According to Cruisemates.com, no gay cruise lines sail to Jamaica or Barbados for fear of homophobia and possible violence.”
… from the AP story 2 US men arrested on gay cruise in Caribbean
The Celebrity Summit was tied up in Dominica when someone on the dock saw the two men going at it. There’s no indication in the story if the men were in their cabin and thought they were in private, or if they knew they were putting on a public show. To me, that is the key fact missing from the story and because I don’t have that information I can only speculate with some ‘ifs’ thrown in.
IF the two men reasonably thought they were in private, I think they should have been cautioned that they could be seen from the dock. That’s probably what would have happened to a man and woman under those circumstances. IF, on the other hand, the two men knew they were putting on a show, then they should have been charged with whatever a male/female couple would be charged with in the same situation.
The use of Dominica’s buggery law makes this a human rights issue because, as I related in an earlier article, I am convinced that just as people are born with different skin colours and physical characteristics, they are also born with different attractions for other people.
There was a time in Barbados when blacks were not allowed inside certain clubs, unless it was to scrub the toilets or smile and serve the drinks. There was a time in our country when black reporters could not cover a trial from inside the court. There was a time in the United States when persons were not allowed to marry or have relations outside their race. Those laws ended.
It’s time for Barbados to repeal our buggery laws – or, as I wrote before, if we’re going to regulate sex acts between consenting adults based upon the Bible, we shouldn’t be so selective – we should make adultery illegal too.
Associated Press: 2 US men arrested on gay cruise in Caribbean