Lawyers for Jesus are calling on the Government to withdraw
its Draft National Gender Policy, which the group has described
as deceptive and legislation of alternative sexuality.
The draft policy includes a definition of five genders and
proposals to regulate same-sex marriage, abortion and discrimination
on the basis of sexual orientation.
In response, Lawyers for Jesus framed a petition calling on
Government to withdraw the document and hold discussions with
right-thinking people before formulating a new
A panel of attorneys including Patricia Roberts and Hyacinth
Griffith met yesterday with representatives from various christian
churches at Christ Castle, Chase Village, Chaguanas, to discuss
the social implications of the draft.
Addressing the gathering, Griffith said the policy provided
legislation for alternative sexuality.
Calling for churches to stand united in opposition to the
document, she said the gender policy was not in keeping with
is no longer male and female...now we have a grouping of sexual
classifications according to practices that are not the will
of God, Griffith said to a chorus of Amen
from the audience.
During her presentation Roberts slammed the draft, describing
it as fatally flawed.
say no to abortion on demand for incest or rape. We can have
no comprise, from the time of conception it is a baby, not
an it, she said.
Roberts said the policy would allow women who were mentally
ill, carrying children with birth defects, or whose contraception
failed, to access abortions.
She said the proposed policy suggested that medical practitioners
could be fined if they refused to carry out the procedure.
On the topic of same-sex marriage, Jason Grant, a paralegal
and member of Lawyers for Jesus, said the draft policy could
open the floodgates for homosexual nuptials.
T&Ts Marriage Act, Grant said, does not define marriage,
but made provisions for marriage officers to perform nuptials
according to common law.
He said the draft policy neutralised the issue of gender for
marriage and, if you erase genetic definition of what
gender is, it opens the floodgates for other types of marriage
and a legal re-definition of the family.
is concern legalising same-sex marriages could lead to lawsuits
to force churches to perform marriages they do not approve
of. It could bankrupt the church, said Grant.
In defence of the document, a Ministry of Gender Affairs employee
who attended the meeting but refused to give her name said,
The policy does not have an agenda of promoting same-sex
marriages or abortions.
She said when formulation of the document began in 2003, the
church did not speak.
church does not always speak, but others will come out and
speak, she said.