Grenada Constitution: Keeping Promises

The Government of Grenada and the Constitution Advisory Committee face a challenge to keep their word to the citizens of our nation that libertine sexual orientation will not be part of the constitutional and legal landscape of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

A US Supreme Court decision of 2015 has made the practice of same sex marriage a constitutional right throughout the United States. So while the US constitution has nothing to say about sexual orientation, the Supreme Court decision interpreted the freedoms guaranteed in their constitution to include the practice of same sex marriages.

At a consultation held by the Advisory Committee at St. Paul’s it came to our attention that if the new draft of our constitution is left as it is the courts will be free to establish judgement giving same sex marriages legal authority in the land. The same thing that happened to the US could happen to us.

I contend that we will also be in a situation where any kind of marriage including polygamy, polyamory and other forms of queer sexual marriages could become legal. The only way that we can ensure that our nation does not become a free for all sexual queer state is to put into our constitution that marriage is limited to one man and one woman.

Both the Government and the Constitution Advisory Committee have assured us that they will not allow such a sexually free for all situation to become legal in our tri-island state. Both the government and the Constitution Advisory Committee have gone on record promising us to uphold the sacredness of the monogamous marriage.  At a consultation held at the St. Paul’s Community Centre we were informed that the Jamaica constitution specifies that marriage is to be only between one man and one woman and we were promised that we in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique would rather take that route instead of the libertine one.

The fact that bestiality brothels are becoming popular in Germany and some sex acts with animals are now legal in Canada further underscores the need for us to be clear in our legal documents concerning marriage. Sexual orientation means any kind of orientation where sex is concerned. The fact that Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is very much situated in the milieu of a multiplicity global sexual cultures demands that we be clear in our defining of our own sexual values.

We, as Christians, need to insist that government keep its word and make the monogamous marriage the constitutionally recognised form of marriage in the nation.

Thomas A. Welch, MCS, PhD.
Pastor, The People’s Church,
 St. Paul’s

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