The signing by Governor Ric Todd of the Equality Bill has raised voices from all sectors complaining about the enlarged emphasis on homosexual rights. The age of consent for homosexual activity has been lowered in this bill to 16 years of age.
Sharlene Cartwright Robinson, deputy leader of the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) and a candidate in next month’s elections, led the objections.
“The bill is an excellent one except for the homosexual issues; these do not conform to the wishes of the people,” she said.
Zhavago Jolly, a candidate for the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP), also made similar comments, complaining that the wishes of the peoples of the islands were not considered.
Pastor Pedro Williams weighed in, saying, “It is openly wrong to impose a law on the people which they object to.”
Rev. Conrad Howell, an executive of the Progressive National Party (PNP), which is fielding a known gay candidate, said, “There is a homosexual agenda present.”
Howell went on to complain at the passing of the bill by the Consultative Forum.
PNP deputy leader and candidate Carlos Simons said, “This is not what the people want and this bill reaches the limits of tolerance.”
All those interviewed spoke to the impact this bill could have on the culture and the Christian values of the islands.
Governor Todd, in promoting the bill, said that the bill represents the level of culture in Europe and this is what he and the British government feel is appropriate for the Turks and Caicos to bring them up to date with modern rights.