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From HTS Channel 4 News St Lucia 27 June, 2011
Education Minister Arsene James says that homosexuality is a reality. He believes there is nothing wrong with having discussions on the matter in the island’s schools. The disclosure comes weeks after former Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen King cited a health study conducted by the Pan Health Organization (PAHO) which indicates that many children have homosexual tendencies and confusions during puberty. Dr. King believes that discourse on the topic will help lessen confusion and guide students. Weighing in on the matter the Ministry of Education says including conversations on homosexuality in sex education at schools is not far fetched. The debate comes a month after a female student was allegedly sexually assaulted by three other females at a secondary school on the island. However, the issue has received fierce opposition from some sectors of the society. The National Principals Association says introducing discussions on homosexuality in school would do students more harm than good. The renewed debate on the controversial topic comes amid news of the legalization of gay marriage by the New York legislature on Friday, the sixth state in the U.S to enact such a law. However there is still vehement opposition to any discussion on the matter of homosexuality and calls for the legalization of gay marriage. Law makers in the U.S state of Tennessee enacted legislation that makes it illegal to even utter in the word “gay” in Tennessee schools. Recently for the first time ever the UN endorsed the rights of all gays and lesbians.