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MLA questions Baroness discrimination claims

Veteran MLA Anthony Eden is taking issue with comments made in the LA on Tuesday (4 October) by UK Overseas Territories Minister Baroness Anelay on fighting same-sex discrimination.
He denies it exists and vows to fight for what he says are Cayman’s traditional Christian values.
The Baroness urged Cayman’s lawmakers to take up legislation to protect gay and lesbian residents and visitors from discrimination. But Mr Eden objected to her implied assertions.
“What discrimination is she talking about? I have been here for over seven decades and I do not ever recall anyone ever been prosecuted or persecuted for anything,” Mr Eden said.
Baroness Anelay assured MLA’s the UK would not impose same-sex marriages on Cayman, but she said Cayman must consider its international obligations.
Mr Eden says members of the gay and lesbian community have nothing to fear, but he says the status quo should be preserved.
“How anyone from outside can expect the Caymanian people that has lived here and built these islands to the success they have to now turn around and change some of our legislation? It is not going to happen as long as I am sitting here,” Mr Eden added.
But according to his own words Mr Eden won’t be sitting in the LA much longer as he says he’s not seeking re-election come may of next year.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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