Gov’t says plans to reform the constitution will not involve issues related to abortion and LGBTQ+ rights
The government is assuring that plans to reform the constitution will not involve issues related to abortion and LGBTQ+ rights.
Information Minister Robert Morgan reiterated that the intention is to focus on Jamaica’s republic status.
He was responding to questions at today’s Post Cabinet press briefing, about concerns raised by some religious leaders on the inclusion of international constitutional law expert, Professor Richard Albert, a Canadian, on the constitutional reform committee.
They are concerned about his alleged pro-abortion and LGBTQ+ stance.
Mr. Morgan said Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs Marlene Malahoo Forte, who is off the island will address the issue.
However, he stressed that the committee was formed in the best interest of the society.
The 14-member Constitutional Reform Committee, CRC was named by the Prime Minister, last month.
Mrs. Malahoo Forte and Ambassador Rocky Meade are co-chairs.
The committee is expected to play a key role in ensuring Jamaica’s smooth transition to a republic.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the knowledge and guidance of the CRC will be crucial in the transition process.
The committee’s purpose is to provide expert guidance and oversight to the government and people during the constitutional reform process and implement recommendations on the consensuses reached.