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Jamaica's Female Prime Minister Stands for Gay Rights

Jamaica's Female Prime Minister Stands for Gay Rights


Portia Simpson Miller was elected prime minister of Jamaica in late December, and unlike her predecessor, Miller supports civil rights for gays and says she would hire a gay person to serve in her cabinet.

Miller previously served as prime minister of the island nation in 2006 and 2007. A member of the People's Party, Miller was able to capture the working-class vote in this latest election. During a debate with now-outgoing PM Andrew Holness, Miller declared support for gay rights; a surprise, as Jamaica is considered one of the most homophobic nations on earth and antigay killings are common and often condoned by police. Watch Miller speak below.

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