The Jamaican Attorney General has got beef with the U.S. Embassy in Kingston for flying the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement to honor the 49 victims of the Orlando massacre.
Jamaican A.G. Marlene Malahoo Forte tweeted (the tweet has since been deleted) Tuesday, “I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica’s laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView.”
In response to Forte’s opinion on the Embassy’s choice, the U.S. Embassy in Kingston got back to the Jamaica’s chief law enforcement officer in a tweet asking what her to “Explain the legal reasoning,” for her opposition to the rainbow flag over the U.S. Embassy.
@mmalahooforte we’re listening. Explain the legal reasoning? It was an attack of terror !!and!! hate, targeting the LGBT community.
— US Embassy Jamaica (@USEmbassyJA) 14 June 2016
In the early hours of Sunday morning, a gunman, Omar Mateen, who claimed to be inspired by the Islamic State went to the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse and murdered 49 people while injuring 53 others. Mateen was killed when he was confronted by the police.
Malahoo Forte told the Jamaican daily, The Jamaica Observer, “The second part of my tweet has been misconstrued. The horrible act of terror which resulted in so many deaths can never be condoned. I condemn it unreservedly and repeat my expression of deep sorrow and sympathy for the victims and their families.”
The Jamaican A.G. went on to tell the publication, “the incident provides another opportunity for deep reflection and introspection.”
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