Education minister urges disruption to gay wedding

| 04/04/2019 | 324 Comments
Cayman News Service

Juliana O’Connor-Connolly in the LA on 3 April 2019

(CNS) UPDATED WITH RESPONSE FROM DAY: Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has urged the public to attend, uninvited, to what will be the first ever same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands in order to object to it. In her contribution to a debate in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, the member for Cayman Brac East implied that gay people are evil. But the minister also read out details of the marriage notice for the two women, Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden, who successfully petitioned the court for their right to marry.

She told people they could object to the union ahead of the wedding, but if they missed that “window of opportunity”, they should go to the ceremony and object then.

In response to the minister, Day told CNS, “The marriage law has been modified with immediate effect by the chief justice and same-sex marriage is now legal. The minister of education’s call for objections to our marriage in writing/in person demonstrates a blatant disregard for the rule of law, and raises concerns of abuse of her position of power as a leader in our community. It also shows a complete disregard to the call from the premier urging everyone to act respectfully.”

In the LA on Wednesday, O’Connor-Connolly accused Chief Justice Anthony Smellie, who legalised same-sex marriage from the bench last Friday, of “judicial tyranny”, and did not hold back on expressing the religious beliefs fuelling her objections to the decision.

The debate was triggered by a private member’s motion tabled by Arden McLean (East End) and seconded by Anthony Eden (Savannah). It was moved up the order paper by the premier after he delivered a statement outlining the government’s intention to appeal the decision of the chief justice in the Day and Bodden same-sex marriage case.

The education minister labelled last Friday, the day the chief justice delivered his decision in the case that was heard in the Grand Court in February, as “Black Friday” and claimed it was another signal of the impending end of days, as she derided those who would dismiss her comments as religious bigotry.

But like many of the members who spoke in the debate about the judgment that delivered marriage equality for the Cayman Islands last week, she focused her debate on the opinion that the judge overstepped his powers when he changed the law. She suggested he had put the democracy here at “grave risk” and said the judgment was based on “foreign disciplines” coming from people who have an agenda.

“I just can’t find the words to adequately describe the tsunami — spiritual, social and otherwise — that has been going through this country since last Friday,” O’Connor-Connolly said. But she said that the legislature had started the “resurrection” after Black Friday with this motion and debate and the government’s decision to appeal.

Government is also seeking a stay to prevent the law from taking effect, but it is not clear that even if the attorney general was able to successfully receive such a stay from the Court of Appeal, it would be in time to prevent Chantelle Day and Vickie Bodden from marrying next week, as planned, or stall any other ceremonies where a same-sex couple has already received a licence.

It is not yet known how many local same-sex couples have so far applied to the General Registry for licences to marry, but CNS understands that a number were planning to do so in light of the chief justice’s ruling.

It is also understood that a number of Caymanians who have married overseas are now seeking to have their expatriate spouses listed as dependents, since those marriages have also been legitimised and recognised in law locally as a result of the CJ’s ruling, which currently still stands.

See Ask Auntie column: What are the rights of same-sex couples married overseas?

See the motion in the CNS Library

See the anti-gay marriage debate in the LA below on CIGTV

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The irony and hypocrisy is astounding! Especially that of our elected representatives! While the “general” and “overriding” sentiment is that Caymanians are by-and-large God-fearing Christians, they seems to conveniently overlook a fundamental Christian principle of loving each other as God loves us!

    There is no question that “closeted” homosexuality exists in our society, as it does everywhere. There is also a large adherence to “down-low” activity. That being the outward abhorrence of homosexuality while at the same time loving men and boys sexually. Many Caymanian married men practice this undercover “bi” activity.

    Wonder what two particular prominent male, married Members of the Legislative Assembly have to say about that?!!

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    • Anonymous says:

      “I think there’s a right to privacy. But the right to privacy should not be a right to hypocrisy. And people who want to demonize other people shouldn’t then be able to go home and close the door and do it themselves.” Barney Frank

  2. Anonymous says:

    Chantal and Vickie – know that the majority of Cayman support you.
    Wish you both the best of luck and a long and happy marriage.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    Is this not insane that the minister for education is condoning and encouraging people to go and bully these people at their wedding.

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  4. Julianna is protected by parliamentary privilege says:

    Any proceedings filed against Julianna will fail on it’s very application because every MLA enjoys the protection of parliamentary privilege for anything they say in the Legislative Assembly.

    Parliamentary privilege: legal immunity enjoyed by members of certain legislatures, in which legislators are granted protection against civil or criminal liability for actions done or statements made in the course of their legislative duties.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Chantal and Vickie, we will all turn out to support your wedding. Juliana should resign over her hate statement. Most of us KNOW you are entitled to equality and wish it for you. You two have had to fight for your love, in a way that humbles us. May you be happily married for at least the 33 years we have.

    We love you – we are straight but not narrow minded. Neither are we hypocrites.

    Aunty Jacqui & Uncle Ray.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    My only concern is we will need a Facility to deal with the spread of Aids that can escalade overnight. Cuba has a nice pink FACILITY far out of Town for their people who has contracted Aids.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Homosexuals aren’t all spreading HIV anymore. You may want to look at those Caribbean men who spread their seed free willy style with 35 different ladies at the same time. But ignorance is bliss with you hey?

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      • Anonymous says:

        So true, same sex marriage is against the teachings of the bible, but adultery…well we will turn a blind eye to that…. hypocrites

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      • Anonymous says:

        It is the fugly old Caymanian men who think a hot 20 something pro from Havana likes them ‘for themselves ‘

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    • Anonymous says:

      Pro-tip: Making hay marriage legal doesn’t mean homosexuals will suddenly start having sex. They were already doing that

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      • Al Catraz says:

        They weren’t saving it for marriage, like all the fine Christian ladies of Cayman?

        Thst’s, that’s, my goodness, that’s a whole nother sin! Mercy!

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    • Anonymous says:

      You are an idiot. Simply put, so you can understand.

      Do you know what segment of the population has the largest increase of numbers of AIDS related infection? Probably not with an uneducated statment like that.

      It is straight geriatric men and women who’s marriages have broken down or due to death.

      I am amazed (I really shouldn’t be after all that I’ve seen lately) that someone in this day of age has this idea.

      Pray to your god, which surely is not the one I pray to, that you do not become ill with a legitimate medical illness. I don’t think the actual God in Judgment Day would be too appreciative.
      … ignorance

      Btw it is already here and has been. And guess what, prepare yourself, some poor souls who do have it, are, yep straight. Maybe the so called Education Minister can help you understand this.

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    • Anonymous says:

      What a stupid statement

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  7. Anonymous says:

    What a flipping embarrassment for our country! Just to let the rest of the free world know, most Caymanians are not bigotted assholes like this human troll. It is a disgrace that she holds any office. Say hi to your driver XXXX

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  8. Chet Oswald Ebanks says:

    My, My.

    Wasn’t it this same old timer politician that back in the year 2000,voiced her opinion to The White Paper. Which the UK made law of the land. My dear fellow Cayman Bracker. Ms. Juliana Oconnor – Conolly. I said my piece then when you went about ranting and raving about LGBT CAYMANIAN CITIZENS. THE CHURCH DOESN’T RUN MY COUNTRY.

    YOU HAVE BEEN ELECTED TIME AND TIME AGAIN. BY THE VOTING citizens of The Sister Islands, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. Don’t you think it is high time you START TO SERVE AND ASSIST THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN YOU THE RIGHT TO DO SO
    AND TO COLLECT IN MY VIEW A OUTRAGEOUS MONTHLY SALARY. While your fellow CAYMANIAN people suffer. From Government after Government you have been a PAIN AND A WASTE OF MY TAX DOLLARS. Let me make this very CLEAR TO YOURSELF AND THE CURRENT CAYMAN ISLANDS GOVERNMENT.

    I Chet Oswald Ebanks intend to seek a ruling in my favour in The Courts of The Cayman Islands. You and many of the the other over paid, MLA’S need to go. STOP TRYING TO RAM CHRISTINITY DOWN our throats. Figure of speech and I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A EARLY GENERAL ELECTION CALLED. SO that we the VOTING CITIZENS CAN VOTE YOU ALL OUT THROUGH THAT LA DOOR. AND DON’T MAKE IT HIT YOU ON YOUR DARN WAY OUT.

    STOP SPREADING HATE, STIGMA, DISCRIMINATION AGAINST YOU OWN BORN CAYMANIANS. I FOR ONE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF YOUR HATE.
    PLEASE AMEND THE MARRIAGE LAW. IF NOT THE UK WILL DO SO WITH AN ORDER IN COUNCIL. AND IF STILL YOU BUNCH OF HATERS DON’T LIKE THAT.

    CALL A REFERENDUM AND PUT INDEPENDENCE TO THE VOTING CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.

    Good Day.
    Signed,

    Chet Oswald Ebanks.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Well said Chet!

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      • Chet Oswald Ebanks says:

        Thank you. Time she do us a favour and resign. Hate, Stigma, Discrimination bunk of haters. I call for an EARLY election. Let’s put these old timers to pasture and take back control of our country. The Cayman IdlaIsl Government, better mind. The United States of America don’t issue a travel warnings regarding the LGBT COMMUNITY. See how many visitors from USA would continue to visit tgest islands. Oh boy, I LOVE IT. KARMA always comes back to bite you back. NAU AND Whatever that JOKE OF A NWDA IS CALLED NOW. Bunch of haters.

        1.) EAR ELECTIONS.
        2.) REFRANDOOM FOR INDEPENDENCE.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Be free it’s what life is all about just be a decent human being live love laugh we have such a short time here use it

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  10. Charles Darwin says:

    Living on what is, literally, the remains of ancient fossilized sea creatures which you can see with your own two eyes, do the schools in Cayman happen to teach how the Cayman islands were actually formed?

    Or does this sort of “Bible says” mentality also extend to the teaching of geology, biology and astronomy as well?

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    • David S says:

      Charles Darwin was an atheist like many of you. Please tell everyone in your next post how Charles Darwin accepted the Lord Jesus Christ on his death bed, a backslider that came back to God. Darwin became a christian like the people you all claim to hate in this debate over unecessary gay marriage rights.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Ignorant, third world and proud of it. The balls of a bull and brains to match.

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  12. John Dobson says:

    It’s hilarious really. Alan Turin, a gay man, shortened WW2 by two years and saved 2 million lives! Cayman is such a joke.

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    • Anonymous says:

      No one said people can’t be gay or that gay people can’t do amazing things, they’re just saying gay marriage isn’t something Caymanians want

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      • Anonymous says:

        Except for the gay Caymanians that want to get married…

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      • BeaumontZodecloun says:

        I think what we are hearing here is that those that believe it is their purview to judge (and loudly) are being heard. I am a Caymanian, and so is my wife, and we don’t want to stop same sex marriage. I suspect there are many heterosexuals who feel much the same, but aren’t being as vocal as those who are currently demanding to be heard.

        Why? (1) it doesn’t affect us (2) it’s none of our business (3) we believe with all our hearts in the concept of equality for all.

        The Bible is a great book, an inspired book. It should be used to lift people up, to aspire to be as Christ-like as they are able.

        I am so weary of people cherry-picking passages and verses of the Holy Bible to persecute people, while conveniently ignoring other passages which would be patently illegal if embraced. There is the rule of God, and the law of man. They each have their place in the fabric of our existence, but should never be mixed.

        God gave us Ten Commandments — not so much to live by. He gave us free will also, to follow His laws or not.

        Our beloved Constitution should not and cannot be overruled by religious doctrine. The rule of Law — Our rules we chose — insist upon equal rights, and legislate against discrimination.

        God never sent people to judge other whole groups. You are not doing God’s work if you persecute people different from yourself.

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      • Anonymous says:

        You don’t speak for this Caymanian or almost all of the Caymanians I know. So lets not pretend that you do!

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Just send her to Brunei on one of those conferences she loves so … and she can take a “church sister” or two with her. She already covers from head to toe in dress so I suspect she might find a natural kinship with Sharia Law.

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Juliana if you don’t like Cayman’s laws, don’t let the plane door hit you on your way to a new life in Brunei, although as they also stone to death adulterers (but that again is line with your biblical teachings).

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Why do the more relaxed and modernized Christians get so upset with fundamentalist Christians for trying to cling to something close to original Christianity? If you don’t like it, maybe you should consider leaving your religion. After all, this “God of love” you speak of is a horrible, bigoted, ignorant, mass murderer–at least that’s what your holy book says he is. Try reading the Bible for once. It’s all in there. Don’t be so hard on Julianna Oconnor-Connelly-Connor-Connel-Connerly. She is only toeing the line for her imaginary sky criminal, the same one “enlightened” Christians admire so much.

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  16. Sickens me! says:

    I am unsure of Cayman Law regarding hate crimes, but a report must be made to the RCIP.
    Then reported to the foreign press, the UK government and the EU human rights commission (of course before Brexit)
    I really have no words to discribe this woman.

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Minister of Education??!!!, what a joke… who votes there…?

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  18. Support minorities says:

    All of the legislatures spitting bricks because they do not have the guts to tell their constituents that there is a section of the Constitution that basically violates the rights of the minorities it is supposed to protect, and, whereas back in the 20th Century they could get away with it, in this day and age, it no longer flies. The one of them that had the guts to say it, was Mr. Bryan – and he was BRILLIANT. I am still applauding him now.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Yet, Bryan was against same sex marriage at the unanimous vote approving the motion to appeal…go figure.

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  19. Rick says:

    Day is criticising the Minister for not respecting the law but it is the law to attend and object if you think the marriage should not go ahead. The Minister breaks no law and is in fact exercising the law.

    CNS: You cannot just object because you feel like it. The Marriage Law: “If it appears to the Judge that the objection, in case of an objection to a marriage, was frivolous and vexatious, he may condemn the party making it to pay, in addition to costs and all civil damages to which he may be liable, a fine not exceeding forty dollars, to be enforced in the same way as a judgement of the Grand Court.”

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Can someone please start a petition to remove that abomination Juliana from office?

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  21. Anonymous says:

    She has no sense of the high standards of the office she holds and, among other responsibilities, is a representative of all citizens and residents. To incite people to disrupt a private wedding ceremony and her attacks on the Judiciary is reprehensible, and unbecoming of a government minister and a (so-called) Christian, who seem to have no problem trafficking in hate, while turning a blind eye to adulterous relationships that destroys the union of marriage (as in the form that it existed before) and the impacts on the children of the marriage.

    I’m not gay and is a person of faith but as the victim of discrimination, I cannot support discrimination against another no matter the difference. It’s repugnant what she and others have done to one of their own, who has led an upstanding life, including representing her country overseas and is a productive member of society.

    P.S. Why are civil servants allowed to sign a petition against same sex unions but are precluded from signing a petition against the cruise pier that will be far more consequential (good/bad) than two consenting adults having equal rights to express their marriage vows?

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    • Boris says:

      You obviously did not listen to what the lady said, she did not instruct anyone to disrupt the wedding ceremony. She read the notice which she had received, stating the date of the wedding. The notice also stated that the public had seven days to raise their objections if they so wished. She then said, if you intend to object, you had to do so within the given seven days. Where is the inciting of violence or ordering public to disrupt the wedding ceremony?

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      • Anonymous says:

        No, Boris. Read the article:

        “She told people they could object to the union ahead of the wedding, but if they missed that “window of opportunity”, they should go to the ceremony and object then.”

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  22. Anonymous says:

    So let me get this straight. The Education Minister has the ability AND time to focus solely on promoting a hate crime? (FYI-which will be picked up by international media sites- so sad) BUT she doesn’t have enough time to speak to families when asked to or to generate an idea to address the issue of families who cannot obtain an appropriate education center for their child who has special learning needs.

    She is, in fact, actually shutting those education centers down in September!!!!!!!!!!!! Where is the compassion and fervor for those children? They have nowhere to go and zero supports!

    The “Minister” has the time to spew hate but not enough time to address the deplorable standards facing the youth in Cayman schools.

    She collects a pay check to promote unlawful activity but cannot address the gang issue inside of schools which will eventually seep out into mainstream society.

    I could go on but…

    Wow… what a banana boat republic the Caymans looks like to the world now. What does this say about Government and the people?

    This woman needs to be fired. Her peers need to redeem themselves or find their spines and make an example of her before people start calling for a boycott of this island and then you will have more social issues to deal with.

    She is a a poor excuse for a Minister of Education and as a human. I do not want her to be the head of education for my children’s sake as she is such a poor example.

    I will, in turn, will be educating my children on who this woman is and make an example of her to them of what not to become when they get older – an angry bigot who has her own agenda

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  23. Anonymous says:

    Is anyone surprised that the minister for gender affairs won’t support Chantelle and Vicky? Tara Rivers what do you do again? Another waste of skin.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    Juliana people that live in glass houses should not throw stones. People know your dirt, small island.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Get it out there. Now is the time. She is encouraging hate crimes. Let’s here what else she’s got up her ratchet panty hoe.

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  25. Anonymous says:

    There should be oscars awarded for all the drama in these posts! People have the right to protest as much as the gays have their right to marry. I am against it, not to the point where I would protest it, but it does not mean I hate gays! For goodnes sake get a grip! Of course I would be called a ‘bigot’ etc, seems anyone who expresses an opposing view is labelled homophobic or a bigot these days. Duly supported by the biased opinion of CNS too. Part of the problem here is CNS supporting their own agenda. Pretty trashy journalism in my opinion

    CNS: I’m not sure what you think our “own agenda” is, since no one at CNS is gay. I know that many people think that if you support the LGBT community you must be gay, but this is just plain ignorance. We are, however, against discrimination. We are also “biased” against racism, for example, as any decent person would be. But where you agree with our biases, you just don’t notice.

    The intention to object to a marriage on the basis of your own views on it is despicable, whether or not you have the right to do so. However, from the Marriage Law (which is in the CNS Library): “If it appears to the Judge that the objection, in case of an objection to a marriage, was frivolous and vexatious, he may condemn the party making it to pay, in addition to costs and all civil damages to which he may be liable, a fine not exceeding forty dollars, to be enforced in the same way as a judgement of the Grand Court.”

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    • Anonymous says:

      I agree that most comments are simply silly and based on emotions. Reaction vs. response. You won’t expect any different from the lay people who used to live in a country run on “mom@pop store” level.

      However I disagree with your bashing CNS.
      Pretty trashy journalism is when no opinions of any kind is allowed on any article. Compass gestapo stops all comments from getting through, despite new ownership. They think they are smarter than anyone.

      What CNS agenda is in your opinion? Be specific.

      P.S. i don’t care about gay marriage one way or another, because i don’t see them any different from heterosexual people. If anything else, and who knows why, they are kinder and more fun to be around. Too many gay people needlessly suffered for centuries.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    Two days and >6hours of non-stop spewing homophobia and sore loser ranting. Where was the Governor? Can CNS please call the Governor’s office and enquire why he was not in attendance after day 1, or why he did not interfere using his position and duty to do so, reminding the house of their judicial contempt?

    The purpose of Human rights (esp when enshrined in Constitutions) are to protect the innocent, minorities, and oppressed, not to strengthen and embolden abusive ignorant bully interest groups (whether they be majority or not). None of our so-called lawmakers seem to understand this fundamental mechanism for justice and equality. It’s appalling.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Conspiracy at 1:47:00 to waive notice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy1sO4BrqV8

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  28. Anonymous says:

    WOW. She has no right to be a leader of anything. This is shocking in 2019. We should ALL be ashamed of this.

    We have a Caymanian woman at work that has been on her cell phone nonstop for the past 4 days talking about “rising up” blah blah blah. Disrupting those around her (trying to work) that can hear her. Her expat supervisor doesn’t even have the balls to tell her to get to work.
    Finally 2 different colleagues told her to STFU, get over it, it is the law. That was noon y’day, Thursday. She has finally gotten off the phone. Now we can concentrate on our job.

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    • Anonymous says:

      That’s sad but the silver lining is – Now you guys know how we feel putting up with your disparaging anti caymanian “water cooler” conversations all these years and being powerless to do anything about it

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  29. Anonymous says:

    This minister is a disgrace to humanity.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Her leadership skills were always limited, however, she is the best and the brightest of Cayman Brac, which tells one a lot about that island.

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  30. Anonymous says:

    If nothing else, JuJu has further cemented her reelection in Cayman Brac East.

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    • Anonymous says:

      A very sad reflection on the people of Cayman Brac. Surely they can do better than this hateful woman.

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      • Anonymous says:

        Only if the other candidate can provide more tarmac to drives, free fridges and lumber. The bigger bucks buys votes.

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  31. Anonymous says:

    Watching the link, why wasn’t the Governor in attendance to correct and remind EVERYONE of the law and of their contempt? 4 hours of LA time was spent yucking-it-up to full-throttle Speaker-grinning homophobia from each politician in turn. Everyone should watch this and be astounded at the rotten eels we have slithering around in there! Awful vile people!

    This is the evidence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=5uatZHQTsfE

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  32. Anonymous says:

    Juju has achieved a new low! Who would have thought it possible? What a loathsome, frightful and hateful woman she is to incite a hate crime! Shame on her!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Where is the hate crime! The marriage notice says anyone who has a reason can object in writing . While the marriage ceremony is ongoing anyone there has the right to object. You can’t have it both ways. They want to be able to marry so this is the right of anyone who think otherwise as is given in any heterosexual wedding.

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      • Al Catraz says:

        The law also provides a monetary penalty against those who bring frivolous objections, and the couple further has the right to sue people who do. Bring your checkbook, Bobo.

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      • Anonymous says:

        The marriage is lawful and there are no grounds to object to it (unless you are already married to one of them, which I doubt). I hope the RCIPS will be out in full force riot gear to blockade any interference and make some long-overdue arrests.

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        • Anonymous says:

          Hahaha…did you know that an officer of the RCIPS can be arrested by a regular citizen of this wonderful country if they unjustly arrest and infringe on the rights of another citizen and the citizen observing the unlawful act by the RCIPS office and decides to act to protect the law abiding citizen and uphold the law and the Queen’s peace? The Caymanian people are no longer afraid of the Police or the media BoBo!

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  33. Anonymous says:

    An Education Minister who is encouraging, let’s be frank, a hate crime… Caymankind.

    I hope every person in the world boycotts the Cayman Islands.

    You can’t hide behind your bibles when everything you do, as a collective populace, is so dirty, corrupt, and unloving.

    The Education Minister is saying it’s ok to break the law because her bible tells her so.

    I just want to know, why when it was against the law two same sex people did not get married in Cayman; now that the law allows it, she is telling people to break the law, show up uninvited and PROTEST that marriage!

    How dare she?

    There was a protest earlier this week calling for homosexuals to be killed!!!

    This woman, the Education Minister for the Cayman Islands no less, condones another protest!

    O’Connor Connolly condones a hate crime.

    An elected official, in charge of education, condones hate.

    She encourages hate.

    I won’t spend another penny in the Cayman Islands.

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    • Anonymous says:

      There are many of us on this island who agree with you, but hoping for and calling for the world to boycott us may well end up hurting us. Please reconsider your future calls for boycotts in situations that may adversely affect people who may be on your side on issues. Boycotts aren’t always the answer to everything.
      Thank you.

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      • Anonymous says:

        How do you expect your leaders to get the drift? What are you doing?

        Do you see how they, and by extension YOU, are ruining the Cayman Islands?

        People are standing by watching while a port is getting ready to be built that will forever change the marine environment around GT.

        People are standing by watching while CIG allows DART to destroy a marine park up in Barkers.

        People are standing by watching when garbage is not being picked up. There is bio-waste piling at the hospital and not being collected regularly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        People are standing by watching while a dump towers and leaches into the North Sound.

        People are standing by watching while your country men go without food and basic human necessities.

        People are standing by watching while your education system FAILS your children.

        People are standing by watching while the most absolute corrupt crimes take place in the Cayman Islands without so much as a glance.

        People are standing by watching while the RCIPS doesn’t respond to calls in a timely manner, or at all, and the police force is lacking with staff.

        People are standing by watching while crime sky rockets.

        People are standing by watching while the Minister of Education has encouraged the people of the Cayman Islands to take place in a hate crime.

        Are you kidding me?!!!!

        Boycott the Cayman Islands.

        Maybe once it hits your pockets, you’ll understand how your social apathy and homophobia is seen by the rest of the world.

        You have all had the chance to stand up and protest and do the right thing on so many issues, yet marriage equality is the one the that gets the attention. So be it.

        Cayman Islands: The Spotlight is on YOU.

        Boycott the Cayman Islands.

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      • Anonymous says:

        I took another minute to think about your post. I’m 6:42 and 10:44.

        I’m going to put this to you as nicely as I can 10:26. I feel for your plight. But I wonder if you feel for the plight of your brothers and sisters in the world, too?

        I wonder if you know that there are Consulates around the world who will get wind of this story, the protest where someone held a sign that said to kill homosexuals, and put out a travel warning about the Cayman Islands:

        That if your are LGBTQ, it is NOT SAFE to travel to Cayman.

        Other parts of the world will intervene.

        Moreover, this is a silly issue, don’t you agree? Don’t you agree that people are entitled to spread love and joy and peace. That’s all this law is allowing.

        Instead we are seeing it twisted, in sick ways. Hidden behind bibles.

        I’d like to see the Cayman Islands speak up.

        Speak up on all of the travesties that are threatening the quality of life that all of us have enjoyed up until the point. That’s all.

        People sharing in the joy of a wedding does not affect anyone’s quality of life. Just the opposite really.

        But let us muse for a moment what will happen when the next Cat 5 hurricane rips up Cayman.

        We were taught in school to be stewards of our planet.

        How are the residents in the Cayman Islands being stewards of our planet?

        How is the planet being protected?

        A Cat 5 will show the massive poverty that the Cayman Islands hides so well.

        A Cat 5 will will blow the piles of trash at the dump all the way to Hawaii. Have you seen the photos of trash in the seas?

        What is Cayman doing on behalf of the environment?

        I’ll tell you: Cayman is destroying the environment. Every second article in the news is about how the elite in Cayman are going to build the next “biggest”.

        The Cayman Islands are the poster child for $GREED$.

        The Cayman Islands are now the poster child for HATE.

        While the CIG jetset, spend hundreds of thousands saving face for the Cayman Islands, stopping Cayman from being listed on, heaven forbid, a black list, unspeakable travesties are happening in Cayman.

        Unspeakable.

        And they have absolutely nothing, N O T H I N G, to do with marriage equality.

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  34. Anonymous says:

    Let me get this straight. In Cayman its legal to incite hatred and a Minister does not bring the House into disrepute for doing so. Wow just wow!

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  35. Anonymous says:

    Everyone has a right to what they believe in like those two gays. I will be there to disrupt.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Hey troll I have a billy goat for you.

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    • Anonymous says:

      There is a difference between beliefs and unlawfully interfering in the rights of others.

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    • Anonymous says:

      @12:42 – what gives you the right to disrupt someone else’s wedding? Also what makes you think that you’ll just be able to saunter on to private property and disrupt a wedding?

      All you folks wanting to protest this wedding better give this ill-conceived plan a rethink.

      It will not end well for you.

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      • Anonymous says:

        All weddings have to be done with open doors so as not to stop someone objecting unless that was changed toi

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      I hope you show up at PTA meetings like you’re gonna show up at that weeding….

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    • Anonymous says:

      So we can all start showing up to protest adulterous caymanian funerals as well, so y’all there.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Why? Would you be there to disrupt a mixed race wedding or anyone marrying someone of a different religion? How sick are you?

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