Resist pressure to allow gay marriage, pastor tells CARICOM leaders


Bishop of Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) St. Lucia District Bishop Thomas Eristhee.

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Tuesday June 30, 2015 – Don’t follow the lead of the United States and allow gay marriage in the Caribbean.

That’s the advice to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from Bishop of Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) St. Lucia District Bishop Thomas Eristhee who urged regional leaders to resist the pressure from larger countries to legalize same sex marriages.

The US Supreme Court ruled last Friday that same-sex marriage is a legal right across the country.

But Eristhee warned that the impact of that would be worse than that of the 9/11 attacks.

Saying that when CARICOM leaders meet in Barbados this week the issue of same sex marriage would be on the agenda, the pastor disclosed that groups of Christian lawyers in Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have come together to launch a petition urging them not to “redefine the family”.

“You will say that our governments in CARICOM will not do that, but I tell you that they are under pressure by those big wolves,” the Pentecostal clergyman said.

The PAWI St. Lucia District is encouraging CARICOM nationals to sign the petition against same sex marriage at the Jamaica Coalition for a Healthy Society’s website,, or

Under the headline ‘Preserve Healthy Caribbean Societies’, the petition contends that “the Caribbean community is under increasing international pressure to accept a re-interpretation of human rights that will undermine true fundamental human rights and the institutions of marriage and the family”.

“Concerned Caribbean citizens are urging our governments, and inviting allied members of civil society from around the world to preserve existing legal definitions of marriage and family, reject same sex marriage . . . ,” the preamble states.

The goal is to get 20,000 signatures. Up to this morning, over 11,000 had been collected.

The petition will be delivered to CARICOM Heads of Government at their July 2-4 meeting.

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