Letter: Same-sex marriage is not a ‘human right’

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The letter to you, printed 8 July, ‘Equating LGBT rights to colonialism is ‘rubbish,” by Leonardo J. Raznovich, appears to be an all-out attempt to destroy the harmony of the Cayman Islands, the reputation of elected representatives and the Cayman Islands Constitution Order 2009, all so that some people can pursue their sexual desires, is nothing short of infuriating for most of us and heartbreaking for others.

First, I would like to state a common observation: There is no law that says that anyone must remain in the Cayman Islands with the exception of a court-ordered incarceration/flight restriction. Whoever is not content in this country are free to leave to live in an environment that suits their fancies. There are countries that I will not be travelling to visit or live in because I would not want to run afoul of their laws, nor would I want to bring offence to the people of those countries by acting in a manner different than what they are accustomed to. So, with all respect to the Romans, I will live in this country and stay out of Rome. I simultaneously expect the same level of respect to and in my country of those whom have decided to call these Cayman Islands ‘home’. As far as the Caymanians who choose to live a homosexual, lesbian or transsexual lifestyle, it’s also their choice to remain here with the established norms and mores of this country. We have coexisted with LGBT here for as long as I can remember myself, but we have never been forced to legalise it. And we are not going to bend or bow under the current pressure neither.

If the elected officials are not meeting the fancy of anyone who has chosen to move here, this peaceful land of sunshine, please return home to yours. The ones here are elected to represent the will of the people in this country. I am not throwing stones at yours; leave mine alone.

As for MLA Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, may her service to this country continue fearlessly and stalwartly as it has, amidst all the pressure from special interest groups and the LGBT directly. When she offered the legal knowledge about objections to marriage, she stated the law; be assured, there were many who were going to do just that even without her prompt. God bless you, Ms. Juliana!

To suggest that the governor create a law that is offensive to the people and against their will is not only detestable but proof of your true view regarding democracy. You are not fighting for democracy; you’re fighting to have your way, like a tyrannical, spoiled child.

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Regarding S81, there is no need nor urgency to create a Bill relating to marriage in the Cayman Islands, as we have a marriage law and a lex specialis in the Constitution that defines marriage.

There are no EU matters directly affecting the CI as per S55 (4) (e) “European Union matters” because the European Court of Human Rights declared in Chapin and Charpentier v. France (n°40183/07) (2016) that same-sex marriage is not a human right, stating:

“… the authorization or prohibition of same-sex marriage was governed by the national laws of the Contracting States. It held that marriage had deep-seated social and cultural connotations that could differ significantly from one society to another and recalled that it should not be in a hurry to substitute its own appreciation for that of national authorities, better placed to appreciate the needs of society and respond to them. It therefore concluded that Article 12 did not impose on the respondent Government the obligation to open the marriage to a same-sex couple …”

There is no international law that says that same-sex marriage is a human right either.

Absence of the above facts makes it appear as though the Cayman Islands government has gone rogue on its citizens’ rights. Nothing could be further from the truth and the bullying expressed in the letter against Caymanians, as are the elected officials, needs to stop.

Mr. Raznovich, your bogey-man antics and detestable behaviour against this country’s laws, citizens, politicians and Constitution, disrespect for the elected officials and the laws of this country has become intolerable. You are here as a dependent. Respect that and the people of the country.

Bullying and name-calling because of an opposing view is hateful bigotry. This is exactly what the LGBT supporters do; they try to instil fear and shame with anyone who does not share their view. Are they heterophobes and Christophobes?

In summary, same-sex ‘marriage’ is not a human right, the primary laws of CI do no conflict with the Constitution which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, and this is an affair for the people, not you nor the governor (with all due respect).

Kattina Anglin

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