Section 16 negates rights

Article One of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that ‘all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.’

There is much conversation about the so-called muddled issues regarding Section 16 of the Constitution. Some people believe it is about protecting Christianity. Some people believe it is about homophobia. Some people believe that it is about protecting the disabled. Some people believe it is about protecting Caymanian heritage at all costs even if it is to limit the rights of the disabled.

The fact is if you are reading my letter, the chances are, you are a human being. No matter if are from Turkmenistan or Little Cayman you belong to the human race.

This is the indisputable truth.

If all human beings are not born free and equal in dignity and rights, then no one is free.

I am a human being that happens to be a wife, daughter and Caymanian. I do not support Section 16 of the draft Constitution because it takes away the rights of human beings.

Satina DaCosta-Cottam

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