Poll: Gays should get equal treatment

The majority of respondents of the latest caycompass.com believe public displays of affections by homosexuals should not be curtailed any more than they are for heterosexuals.

Of the 1,241 people who responded to the two-week poll, 683 (55 per cent) said homosexuals should be able to do whatever heterosexuals do in public.

‘Who are we to judge? I think public displays of affection are OK for anyone as long as it is not thrown in your face or over the top,’ said one person. ‘I would not appreciate a hetero couple making out passionately next to me while I’m eating so why would I tolerate a gay couple doing the same? Everyone should be treated in the way they would expect to be treated by others.’

Another respondent said: ‘I feel to deny homosexuals the same rights and privileges as heterosexuals is hurtful, discriminatory, prejudiced and divisive. I would hope we could see past our differences and focus more on our similarities – the things which bring us together, not tear us apart – with an open heart and an open mind.’

‘I’d rather see two people of the same sex displaying their love for one another than have to stomach another hate crime any day,’ said someone else.

One respondent commented on the fact that some residents were seeing this as a non-Caymanian issue.

‘People act like there are no homosexuals in Cayman,’ the person said. ‘Hello! McFly! They’re here alright, and Caymanians, too. These homophobes act like homosexuality is a disease they can catch or something.’

The second largest voting block – 284 voters or 22.9 per cent – believed homosexuality should be outlawed in the new constitution.

‘Homosexuality is against Almighty God the creator of mankind who never intended this type of lifestyle between people of the same sex,’ said on person. ‘Also, it is contrary to nature. Those who want this lifestyle must do it privately.’

‘I strongly believe that, although only God alone is suppose to judge people, homosexuals should certainly not be allowed here on the Island,’ said someone else.

‘While I believe in freedom and that segregation should be a thing of the past, I think homosexuality goes against all God’s laws,’ said another respondent. ‘It’s anatomically obvious. However, if you are ready for [homosexuality] by law, I’d like to have a few more wives by law.’

‘Homosexuality is immoral and a sin that anyone can easily avoid,’ said someone else.

In addition, 182 people – 14.7 per cent – said homosexuals shouldn’t be able to show public affection at all.

‘I care not what they do in their homes, hotel rooms etc., however when in public, have respect for the people and the surroundings you are in,’ said one person. ‘The Bible tells us that it is a sin. I leave it there.’

‘No foreigner or local should expect to ram it down our throats to accept their behavior,’ said someone else. ‘I have nothing against them but keep it in private. I also feel the same should be said of opposite sex couples; keep it in private. A peck of affection is OK to do in public, but nothing beyond that.’

‘As liberal as I am, I cannot bring myself to see to men kissing in front of my children and that already happened to me once,’ said another respondent. ‘Hopefully never again.’

Fifty-seven people – 4.6 per cent – said homosexuals should be able to hold hands in public, but no kissing.

‘That goes for heteros, also,’ said one person.

‘Prior to their arrival here, visitors are informed they will get in trouble if they use drugs,’ said someone else. ‘They should also be advised that beyond holding hands, homosexual displays of affection are frowned upon by the general public. Mind you, if it was up to some people, even holding hands would be grounds for arrest!’

The remaining respondents – 35 people or 2.8 per cent – said they did not know.

‘They should be discrete in their actions,’ said one person.