I have to say that the overseas territories meeting last week was rather disappointing, the idea that LGBTI equality is colonialism is rubbish and rather insulting.
Same-sex marriage, regrettably, is the tip of the iceberg in the Cayman Islands and the other OTs in the region; there is, in particular, an entrenched homophobic culture in certain ranks of the Cayman Islands.
The immigration authority refuses to allow Caymanians the right to reside in the Cayman Islands with their same-sex spouse causing an unequivocal and intentional discrimination against their own people.
More recently, the Minister of Education Juliana O’Connor-Connolly incited sexual hatred and violence against LGBTI people when she called publicly to gate-crash a same-sex couple’s marriage.
If good governance has any meaning at all, it surely must mean that the enforcement of the law has to be fair and equal rather than full of illegalities driven by homophobic politicians and civil servants.
I understand that the Cayman Islands government is unable to reach a consensus to comply with the rule of law and the Constitution of the Cayman Islands in these areas; it is therefore the constitutional duty of the governor, pursuant sections 81 and 55, to stop these illegalities given the international legal obligations pursuant to the European Court of Human Rights’ decision in Taddeucci v Italy (in relation to immigration) and Oliari v Italy (in relation to legal framework for same-sex couples).
While I praise (and thank) the decision of the governor to withdraw from the same-sex marriage case, I do believe that this is not enough.
A fortiori there can never be colonialism in circumstances where one is complying with the duties imposed by the constitution of the country.
Leonardo J. Raznovich