ROSEAU: The Government of Dominica says it will not follow other countries in accepting same sex marriages.
“I will make it clear that there are some things that this government will not accept and we will never allow for the state to recognize same sex marriage in our country,” said Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. “If other countries want to do it, that’s a matter for them but there are certain guiding principles that we must follow.”
A local group, Minority Rights Dominica (MiriDom), has been calling on the government to re-examine the Sexual Offense Act of Dominica as it relates to same sex practices, claiming that the legislation “discriminates against people because of their sexual preferences.
“We are just asking that everybody be treated equally,” the group said, adding that it was still awaiting correspondence from Skerrit on the issue.
Skerrit said he is willing to meet with MiriDom to discuss issues, concerns and recommendations.
“We are prepared to meet with MiriDom at any time,” he said. “We will seek to contact them again and arrange for the Minister for Social Services and myself to meet and discuss with them.”
However, Skerrit was not pleased with the manner in which MiriDom is trying to achieve its objective.
“I don’t think any one group should impose any views on any other group,” he said.
Skerrit also dismissed reports that police were threatening to arrest people at their homes engaged in homosexual behaviour.
“This has never happened in Dominica and I don’t think that will be happening any time now or later,” he said.