Jamaican activist sues to overturn ‘buggery law’

Challenging a law so outdated many won’t even know what it is forbidding.

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Maurice Tomlinson displays the Jamaican flag. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson via Facebook) Maurice Tomlinson displays the Jamaican flag. (Photo courtesy of Maurice Tomlinson via Facebook)

Maurice Tomlinson of Jamaica and Canada — a Caribbean LGBTI rights activist and a writer for this blog — is challenging the Jamaican “buggery law” in court. BuzzFeed reported today:

A new challenge to Jamaica’s law criminalizing homosexuality was filed with the country’s Supreme Court on November 27, more than a year after a man challenging the law withdrew his case citing threats against himself and his family.

The new suit is being brought by Maurice Tomlinson, a gay Jamaican attorney who received death threats after a local newspaper published a photograph of his marriage to his Canadian partner in 2011. The country’s attorney general, who is named as the plaintiff, was served with notice of the suit [today].

It will be formally announced at a press conference to be held in Kingston on Thursday, according…

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