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High Court strikes down laws on buggery

December 13, 2022

The Barbados High Court has overturned the laws on serious indecency and buggery, that criminalised consensual same sex relations.

This means authorities can no longer prosecute people under these sections of the Sexual Offences Act.

Attorney General Dale Marshall told CBC News he’s aware of the decision given yesterday by Madame Justice Weekes in the claim of Rene Holder-McClean Ramirez and others.

He says he’s not surprised at the ruling in relation to Section 9, since there is now a vast amount of jurisprudence within the Caribbean and beyond, which has struck down the offence of buggery for being unconstitutional.

However Mr. Marshall’s concern lies with offences committed against underaged individuals.

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