Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:05 AM
JohnyCanuck (9,644 posts)
AP: 2 US men arrested on gay cruise in Caribbean
Note this incident took place in the small Eastern Caribbean island of Dominica and NOT the Dominican Republic which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti. Because of the similarity of the names, the two places are sometimes confused with Dominica being assumed to be the same place as the Dominican Republic.
More at :http://news.yahoo.com/2-us-men-arrested-gay-cruise-caribbean-215601159.html
5 replies, 1771 views
AP: 2 US men arrested on gay cruise in Caribbean (Original post)
|sofa king||Mar 2012||#5|
Response to DrDan (Reply #1)
Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:13 AM
Marrah_G (25,400 posts)
2. Not being arrested for being gay would be a start
If they were naked on the balcony, then a indecent exposure charge might be in order. This went beyond that and is charging them with the offense of being homosexual.
Response to Marrah_G (Reply #2)
Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:26 AM
DrDan (15,962 posts)
4. naked - and having sex on the balcony are two different things
And were they aware of the local laws?
Not to get into a debate about what the laws should be, they really need to be aware of the local laws if traveling internationally.
I have lived abroad for 10 years - to include 4 in the Middle-East. My wife could not drive there. Obviously this is ridiculous, but we never thought once about her driving. To do otherwise would be insane.
No sympathy here.
Response to JohnyCanuck (Original post)
Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:13 AM
jehop61 (528 posts)
3. Gay Cruise
Looks like short-sighted people in Dominica will now see their revenue cut when cruise ships decline to stop there. Or, the cruise ship industry will take another hit when word of this gets out. Who would want to take a chance on bigotry?
P.S. I'm old, long-married and definitely not gay. But people should let other folks alone in this matter.
Response to jehop61 (Reply #3)
Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:59 AM
sofa king (9,174 posts)
5. They don't much like cruise ships, anyway.
Dominica doesn't really have a very suitable port, just occasional docking facilities on the lee side of the island around Rouseau. Last time I was there, cruise ships were not permitted to stay more than two or three days. I was also specifically and officially told not to go to certain towns where outsiders were not welcome. (There is also a Carib Indian reservation on the island, and I very much wanted to meet the people there but was told I could only ride through on the main road.)
I, being the guy with long hair, was told directly that these cruise ships were only barely tolerated and one stupid move could end it forever, so I'd better watch out.
Dominica is also unusually protective of what turns out to be three of the last large tracts of Carribean rain-forest. As a result of their insular ways, their gold-mine of a forest, their poor port facilities, and their ecology-based economy (butterfly catching can apparently earn one a good living, and German backpackers seem to be the main influx of foreign currency and influence), I got the idea that Dominica is a lot less cosmopolitan than their island neighbors, and maybe looking for a way to slam the door on tourism altogether.
I'm not seeing anything in this awful story to change my opinion.