It's official, sex between consenting male adults is no longer illegal.
In April, High Court Judge Davindra Rampersad ruled that sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offences Act, which criminalises buggery and serious indecency even between consenting adults, is unconstitutional.
However, Rampersad did not make a ruling on how the law should be interpreted to give effect to his judgement.
During the hearing, Fyard Hosein, SC, who is leading the State's legal team, requested that a 45-day stay is put in place while his team prepares the State's appeal.
President Paula-Mae Weekes is calling on proper reporting and dissemination of information on the recent court ruling on the Sexual Offences Act.
The president issued a statement today, in which she pointed to the laws, in a bid to encourage proper discord.
She says it is important that the national psyche is not damaged by inadvertently inciting victimisation, bigotry and violence.
The following is the president's statement.
The High Court has ruled it unconstitutional to impede on the rights of homosexual men and anal sex.
However, a final ruling will be handed down in three months so as to preserve the need for consent.
Members and friends of the LGBTQIA Community gathered outside of the Hall of Justice for the ruling celebrated as they learnt of the ruling, which came on the basis of a challenge brought by Jason Jones against the state.
The court matter was brought to repeal sections 13 and 16 of the Sexual Offenses Act.
We will have further information as we get it.
The local Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community will have to wait a little over two months for the outcome of a novel constitutional lawsuit challenging this country’s homophobic laws.
High Court judge Devindra Rampersad yesterday reserved his decision after hearing submissions in the landmark case filed by Trinidad-born gay rights activist Jason Jones in the Port-of-Spain High Court. Rampersad is expected to deliver his eagerly anticipated judgment on April 12.
Nearly 300 religious officials from the Caribbean, including pastors from Trinidad and Tobago, have urged the United States to no longer promote LGBT and intersex rights abroad.
The 289 ministers who are from the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana made the request in a letter they sent to President Trump on January 31st, according to a report carried by the Washington Blade.