Jamaica church leaders rally for anti-sodomy law

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Associated Press

Posted on June 23, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 23 at 11:03 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Several church pastors in Jamaica are leading a Sunday revival meeting aimed at countering what they say is a growing mainstream acceptance of homosexuality.

More than 1,000 people in their Sunday best gathered in a Kingston park for a spirited religious service that comes a couple of days before a rare court challenge to Jamaica's anti-sodomy laws.

A colonial-era "buggery law" prohibits anal sex, outlawing consenting sexual relationships between men. The punishment is 10 years in prison.

Some in the crowd carried placards saying marriage should only be between a man and a woman and others held signs saying "Keep the buggery law!"

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