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Activist in Jamaica criticizes ruling party candidates' anti-gay rhetoric in campaigns

By DAVID McFADDEN Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The leader of Jamaica's sole gay rights group said Tuesday that some ruling-party candidates have aggressively played to anti-gay constituents by resorting to homophobic rhetoric in the final days of the campaign for this week's national elections.

Dane Lewis, executive director of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said Jamaica Labor Party candidates have "unfortunately descended into pulling the sexuality card" in advance of Thursday's tight vote.

"It's been disappointing that they've chosen this road yet again because it seems to historically be their stance during campaigning," said Lewis, adding that his group is not endorsing any political party.

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