Thousands of Jamaicans are now in Half-Way-Tree, one of the busiest intersections in Kingston, the Jamaican capital city, for a rally in support of, among other things, preserving the current legal prohibition against buggery.
Church groups under the umbrella of Jamaica CAUSE, a new civil society coalition, organized the rally to highlight what they claim is a growing threat to fundamental rights and freedoms.
Jamaica Cause was established following the removal of Professor Brendan Bain as Director of the Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training (CHART) Network. This came in the wake of his appearance on behalf of a church group in a high profile case involving a gay man in Belize.
Helene Coley Nicholson, Member of the Jamaica CAUSE Secretariat, told RJR News, ahead of the rally, that the agenda of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex, LGBTI community, was a cause for concern.
She said Jamaica CAUSE stood firmly in opposition to the agenda, which she claimed, seeks to reorganise the society to make all sexual expressions free, and punish those in opposition.
Many in attendance arrived at the venue for the rally in a motorcade, which started at the main gate of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies.
The university has been the target of weeks of protest, sparked by the dismissal of Professor Bain. That dismissal has been put on hold, in keeping with a court injunction, pending the court's hearing of the case brought by Bain, challenging the decision of the university to dismiss him as Director of CHART.