Three prominent local ministers of religion who are marriage officers have made it clear that they have no intention of performing any such ceremony, should Jamaica head down the path the Cayman Islands seems headed.
In a March ruling, which many believe could impact the wider region, Cayman’s chief justice, Jamaica-born Anthony Smellie, ruled that same-sex marriage could legally take place in the British Overseas Territory. Once a dependency of Jamaica, the Cayman Islands came under direct British rule after Jamaica declared Independence in 1962. The Cayman Islands still has strong ties to Jamaica, with many churches in the two countries linked under one umbrella group.
A Court of Appeal yesterday halted any such planned marriage pending an appeal of the chief justice’s ruling.
Speaking with The Gleaner, the Reverend Junior Rutty, pastor at Agape Christian Fellowship in Falmouth, Trelawny; the Reverend Norva Rodney, the incoming president of the Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU); and the Reverend Davewin Thomas, of the Burchell Baptist Circuit in Montego Bay, all said an emphatic “no,” when asked if they would officiate a same-sex wedding.