FIJI HIGH COURT OVERTURNS GAY SEX CONVICTION

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By Sheetal Singh

SUVA, Fiji (FijiSUN, Aug. 28) – Judgment passed by human beings does not necessarily mean that God also agrees with it. That was the view of the Methodist Church after a recent court ruling where two men were acquitted from charges of gross indecent behaviour.

The Lautoka High Court Judge Gerard Winter on Friday granted the appeals of Thomas McCoskar and Direndra Nadan and quash the convictions and sentenced passed by the Nadi Magistrate Court in April.

The men were charged with gross indecent behaviour and unnatural acts between two males, when police confiscated 18 photographs, that were produced for the purpose of being sold over the internet.

The Methodist Church general secretary Reverend Ame Tugaue yesterday condemned the landmark judgment passed by the High Court, saying that how can someone say that the decision made is absolute.

"We do not condone such behaviour between two males and this is not what the morals of the Bible teach us. We base our believes from what the Bible states and that is a man is to be a man while a woman is to be woman. The first wedding on earth was officiated by God and that was of Adam and Eve, such decision is not allowed by the Christian faith.

"Fiji is viewed by many by its conservative religion and Christian faith and we are not happy with the decision of the High Court," said Rev Tugaue yesterday.

He said that such decisions should not be allowed and appreciated in Fiji. The landmark judgment was delivered by Justice Winter that stated that in the event that adults engage in consensual sexual acts against the order of nature in private and are prosecuted under Section 175 (a) and (c) of the Penal code applying general Constitution principles, the relevant sections of the Penal Code were invalid and the prosecutions a nullity.

August 29, 2005

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