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Mar 18, 2015 3:14 PM

Caribbean court hears suit against 2 nations' anti-gay laws

The Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) A Jamaican gay rights activist is challenging immigration laws that bar homosexuals from entering two Caribbean countries.

Maurice Tomlinson, a legal adviser with New York-based AIDS-Free World, hopes the Caribbean Court of Justice will strike down immigration rules barring entry to homosexuals even though authorities in both countries say the acts go unenforced.

The lawsuit against Belize and Trinidad and Tobago is being heard by the Trinidad and Tobago-based court on Wednesday. It was not clear when the court might rule.

The two countries also have anti-sodomy laws and Trinidad's list of banned immigrants includes "feeble-minded persons," prostitutes and alcoholics.

Trinidad and Tobago's obscure law came under fire in 2007 when gay pop star Elton John had to obtain a waiver to perform there amid opposition by religious groups.


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