TRINIDAD: High Court Strikes Down Buggery Law

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Trinidad’s High Court today ruled that the nation’s law against same-sex intimacy is unconstitutional. 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.” Sections 13 and 16 of that law criminalize buggery and indecency between adults. Trinidad inherited that law from its days as a British colony.

Several days ago hundreds of Christians protested against overturning the law, warning that doing so will inevitably lead to legalizing same-sex marriage. Trinidad and Tobago, population 1.3 million, gained independence from the United Kingdom in 1962.