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No other island wanted to take [gay cruise passengers] but VG- Hon Flax-Charles

- said VI as a tourist destination cannot discriminate; In favour of same-sex marriage referendum
Virgin Gorda has always been welcoming to cruise ships of strictly gay passengers, Ninth District candidate Hon Shereen D. Flax-Charles has said. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Shereen D. Flax- Charles believes a referendum on same-sex marriage is the best choice and not the court system. Photo: VINO/File
Hon Shereen D. Flax- Charles believes a referendum on same-sex marriage is the best choice and not the court system. Photo: VINO/File
Ninth District Candidates in the upcoming elections shared differing opinions regarding the issue of same-sex marriage, a hot topic for which a referendum has been promised. Photo: Facebook
Ninth District Candidates in the upcoming elections shared differing opinions regarding the issue of same-sex marriage, a hot topic for which a referendum has been promised. Photo: Facebook
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Ninth District Candidates in the upcoming elections shared differing opinions regarding the issue of same-sex marriage, a hot topic for which a referendum has been promised.

During the ‘Great Debate’ hosted on Virgin Gorda on April 14, 2023, the candidates were asked if they think the Virgin Islands should legalise same-sex marriage and to give reasons for their responses.

We’ll live by that Bible’- Vernon Vanterpool

Independent Candidate Vernon Vanterpool was very firm and rigid in his response that he was completely against same-sex marriage.

“I personally would not accept it. No way, no how, don’t care how you bring it. We have grown up in a society, a Christian society for decades and hundreds of years and that Bible is our yardstick, and I am sticking to it. We’ll live by that Bible and no one should be able to impose this on us…wrong is wrong. Our standards is biblical and we’ll stick by it,” he noted.

‘Referendum is the best choice’- Hon Flax-Charles

However, Progressive Virgin Islands Movement (PVIM) Candidate Hon Shereen D. Flax- Charles said this is a very tough decision for persons to make, although she explained that she too grew up in a Christian community and has been exposed to many different types of people.

Hon Flax- Charles further stated her opinion that a referendum is the best choice and not the court system.

“While my belief is that a marriage between a man and a woman is sacred, I believe that a referendum by the people should be had and a court should not be deciding how we move forward. Many years ago we used to have a ship coming and all of the persons on that ship were gay. No other island wanted to take them but Virgin Gorda…Virgin Gordians are very hospitable and we decided to take them here. And you know what? They enjoyed themselves, they were respectful of our culture as well.

“At the end of the day, we are in the tourism business and they’re here amongst us all the time. Persons need to be able to make a choice and by way of a referendum the people of the BVI will have a say and the majority will rule. We are a capitalist country, we are a democracy and we should not allow anyone to tell us how a particular decision should be made. We should be making that decision and I have to respect everyone’s choice whether its to marry the same sex…smoke marijuana, which is illegal- but persons have a choice,” Flax- Charles said.

I believe in mutual respect for people’- Coy W. Levons

Meanwhile, National Democratic Party (NDP) Candidate Coy W. Levons said the answer to the question lies in the constitution and that people’s choices should be respected.

“Every individual has a fundamental right to make a choice, and while we live in a Christian society, you cannot bar an individual from exercising the choice that he or she choose to make…we as a society need to understand that we are living in a multi-cultural facet society, and while we are predominantly Christian, because I am a Christian, the purpose of a Christian is to accept people for who them is. So, I honestly want to draw my line down the middle because I believe in mutual respect for people…,” he said.

It's about property inheritance! Hon Vincent O. Wheatley

Additionally, Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Candidate Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), pointed to a need for a better understanding of what same-sex marriage means, noting that it is designed for a partner to inherit the other’s property and not to legalise sex.

“I think sometimes when we hear about same- sex marriage, we only hear the ‘sex’ part. Same- sex marriage is not designed to condone sex between two male and two female. There’s a moral aspect of it and the moral aspect says whatever your religion dictates you do. I’m a Christian so I would not be marrying a man or condone a man marrying a man or a woman marrying a woman. What same-sex marriage does, it allows a partner, when he or she dies, to leave their belongings to the person they are affectionate with,” he said.

Hon Wheatley also opined that the law will not affect the practice of homosexuality but the inheritance of property.

He said as a Christian he believes people should have a right to choose to do whatever they want but marriage should be between a man and a woman.

29 Responses to “No other island wanted to take [gay cruise passengers] but VG- Hon Flax-Charles”

  • Shame On You (17/04/2023, 11:18) Like (32) Dislike (19) Reply
    Have you no sense of natural laws? VI cannot be a place for mutants and demons according to Florida State Rep. Webster Barnaby.

    Did you see how the Dalai Lama asked a young boy child to suck his tongue?? And pressured the boy child to kiss him in the mouth? Are you following the Epstein case?

    The VI have no part in these people lifestyle. We will not face this judgement!
  • Rolls Eyes Again (17/04/2023, 11:27) Like (26) Dislike (28) Reply
    This territory is ignorant and hypocritical. Same sex marriage does not hinder the sexual orientation of people that still live among us. The LGBTQI community will still be alive and thriving when or not same sex marriage is there. These are people that we call relatives, friends and colleagues but come online to talk piss afterwards smh
  • my two cents (17/04/2023, 11:28) Like (19) Dislike (7) Reply
    What Mr Wheatley says there is nonsense. anybody can leave any property to anybody so long as they make a will to that effect. whether a man marries a man or a woman marries a woman or a man and woman marry. whoever they are married to can inherit.
    • facts (17/04/2023, 12:07) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
      Was saying the same thing. Either he is not totally knowledgeable of this matter or is not taking it seriously enough. There is no need to have same-sex marriage legalised to allow persons to pass on property. He is also saying we can legalise same sex marriage but don't have to practice it. It's like saying I am christian but I will sell you alcohol and you can do as you please once it dosen't affect me...little does he know that legalising same-sex will be the beginning of many problems where Bible believing Christians will be forced to act against their beliefs to please the homosexuals. In some countries, including the US, they are being prosecuted in court for doing something simple as refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. In some schools, they can't pray anymore or do devotion. You can't even say homosexuality is wrong. Wheatley has disappointed on this one. Character and beliefs are everything this elections.
    • 2 dollar (17/04/2023, 12:19) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
      He was pointing out that same sex marriage ensures inheritance equal to heterosexual marriage. IF someone has not made a will and they have been with their partner for many years, if one dies suddenly the partner has zero legal recognition in the situation. If one partner gets sick, the other has zero rights to eg visiting, making medical decisions on their behalf, power of attorney, etc. The partner is simply not recognised.
      If you are a Christian, don't worry, they are not asking for the right to marry in a church, just to have the legal side of marriage equally valid as a heterosexual couple.
      Too much knee jerk hatred coming from within this "Christian" community. Sometimes all you resemble the Taliban and ISIS in your aggressive intolerance of anyone who does not read the same book as you.
      Be better, be true children of God and love every human, not just black, straight, Christians.
    • @at my two cents (17/04/2023, 13:36) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
      If your loved one is in hospital and you are not the legal next of kin, you might not be allowed to visit them or make decisions on their behalf if you are not married. Marriage equality is a human right, it is about loving they neighbour: Christians should be able to understand why this is important if they are truly Christian.
    • @my two cents (18/04/2023, 12:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wheatley and Levons call themselves Christians and that's what they think? They are not making sense at all and Flax need to stop, it's not what the people say but what God says! Not one of them would get my vote!
  • Why the big fuss about gays (17/04/2023, 11:32) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of the candidates ARE gay and nobody made a fuss
    • Real (17/04/2023, 13:22) Like (27) Dislike (6) Reply
      hiding in the closet and coming out open are different things we dont need that nastiness here in our BVI. If yall want to practice that leave and go where its legal simple stop trying bring that nastiness here and for VG shame on you we didnt take them for a reason stop condoning f******.
  • HMMM (17/04/2023, 11:37) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    Let us have a referendum on if the Governor position should be an elected position.
  • Vote for shareen (17/04/2023, 12:10) Like (5) Dislike (43) Reply
    Shareen for the win. Because she is fair to everyone despite their sexuality..
  • What a ting (17/04/2023, 12:12) Like (11) Dislike (7) Reply
    Imagine this is Shereen's main campaign topic.
  • North sound woman (17/04/2023, 12:13) Like (30) Dislike (2) Reply
    The further we keep this disrespectful person out of politics then the better for us all.
  • unethical (17/04/2023, 12:14) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Another unethical approach to seeking votes.
  • Native Tongue (17/04/2023, 12:45) Like (29) Dislike (3) Reply
    Stop the Aunty nastiness in the Virgin Islands
  • WHAT!!! (17/04/2023, 12:47) Like (15) Dislike (17) Reply
    Vernon Vanterpool I hope you enjoy “living by your bible “
    Make sure you never eat lobster or shrimp.
    You may sell your daughter into slavery to a neighboring tribe.
    Make sure that when you are in church none of the women speak.
    Don’t forget how you are instructed to treat your slaves.
    Never wear clothes made of two different materials.
    Man your bible is full of antiquated rubbish but nearly all of you good christians like to chose only parts that suits yoo.
  • Respect Vernon.. (17/04/2023, 14:02) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    You are the only one answer the question honestly and convincingly..Those other two who Head Coach trained, just full of F, smart, tricks and dishonesty, no wonder they have this country messed up..
    • @Respect Vernon (17/04/2023, 15:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      The country is not messed up because of who you are blaming but rather who the system continues framing when they want them out of the way to enslave the people but fool them to think oherwise.
  • ras (17/04/2023, 16:23) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
  • thank you (17/04/2023, 16:40) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
  • CASTRATION (17/04/2023, 16:54) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
  • HMMM (17/04/2023, 18:21) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am not voting for anyone that is in support of legalizing same sex marriage. Do we really want to face the wrath of God. Furthermore God is not a she. Get It Together.
  • God for Bid (17/04/2023, 18:28) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    We are ti stop saying we are a christain community it a lie. We are a people that love church, we hste we lie and gosdip about each other, what is Chriatain about thst. Church is a joke in BVI. It all about self gratification. Ask face book. Who is better then the others. Who God favour more becsuse they are special. Stoo calling God name in you all drama. His face is ugly with us. He need true hears not true church goers. Who promote people we will praise rhem and kiss there asses. Gid is not mocked. Our righteousness must exceed scribe and pharuseses . We are mean distroying each use rhe pulpit and our power in ministry to destroy one another is that a people of God. In hate and envy. Say nothing good about hisneighbour. No forgiveness like seriously. Go and have a seat and clean up your hearys and your church. Robing the poor of there money. Church is more a curse that help to so ciety . Go fine love for people then tell me about God. Means compasdion and for giveness thsnk you.
  • Real Talk (17/04/2023, 19:15) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I think she's one of them
  • Ghh (17/04/2023, 20:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This called the BVI don’t need them kind of money they rather the quick money so we can make headlines again
  • Wheatley clueless (18/04/2023, 01:28) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Wheatley is clueless. The solution to solving the problem of transfer of property to another is to legalise same sex marriage? Most clueless thing I have ever heard. Don't even have to write a will. What is preventing them from registering both their names on the property register as joint owners or tenants in common? Succession planning can be done through companies, trusts....No man. We can't be out here on these streets talking about succession planning issues when our financial services and legal industry have enough solutions for that, which is promoted to clients all over the world and has been for years. If the issue is who and who is next of kin in the event of an emergency, can't this simply be stated? If you want to put a parent as next of kin, you got to marry them first? You got to prove they are your parent? What about having a power of attorney in place for this purpose if it have to extend to other matters. And who the heck knows or cares about the sexual orientation of cruise ship passengers. Do they complete a survey? Who is preventing them from leaving the ship? What kind of cruise exactly are we really talking about? Interesting that Wheatley takes a different view from his leader who is against it. If guess Shereen speaks for PVIM. Vanterpool, you can't fault the man for his honesty. Sometimes, it is not about being politically correct. It is about doing the right thing.

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