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Tolerance going forward, please

Published: 
Saturday, April 14, 2018

The local LGBTQI community is now celebrating a major legal victory in its crusade for equal rights, after High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad ruled this country’s buggery law is unconstitutional. But even as they were weighing the ramifications of a decision they believe will lead to their new-found freedom to express themselves, came the stark reality facing all multi-ethnic, multi-plural societies

This reality is that there are still many people who do not believe laws should be changed to accommodate the alternative lifestyles of the LGBTQI community and that somehow they are not entitled to the same freedoms as heterosexuals.

As the opposing sides—LGBTQI and religious bodies—gathered outside the Hall of Justice on Thursday, the divide in ideologies was plain to see.

And judging from the violence which erupted during some of the minor confrontations between the sides, our society clearly is not yet fully ready for what is to come—since ultimately this matter is now in the hands of the courts.

This newspaper can only hope that all parties will adopt a tolerant approach to this issue moving forward.

Another warning sign

The abduction of Krystiana Sankar, the step-daughter of Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young, is yet another warning sign that the criminal elements are growing increasingly more brazen with attacks on law-abiding citizens.

Not that the person involved should make a difference, but the fact that the perpetrators clearly had not only significant intelligence about their victim, but the wherewithal to pull off the crime and get away scot-free up to this point, is frightening. In that regard, we join with those in society in hoping the police will complete a quick investigation and bring the perpetrators to swift justice.

Dream on Team T&T

This newspaper sits with patriots who are hoping sprinter Michelle-Lee Ahye changes her mind and lines up with the women’s 4x100 metres team for this weekend’s Commonwealth Games relays. This is because following hers and Jereem Richards’ sprint success and Dylan Carter’s silver in the pool, T&T now has the chance to continue its best ever Games performance with 4x100 and 4x400 relay silverware.

Her input will certainly give us a chance to dream even bigger.

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