Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has added his voice to the reignited debate surrounding the decriminalization of same sex intimacy and on Wednesday threw his support behind the position that persons should not be discriminated against based on their sexual preference.

During a press conference at his office, Mr. Jagdeo who served as President for 12 years, was asked about his party’s thoughts on the government’s move to hold a referendum to determine whether Guyana’s colonial law which criminalizes same sex intimacy should be repealed.

In his response, Jagdeo chose to address the issue of same sex marriages instead and quickly pointed out that it was his belief that the country was not ready for same sex marriages to be legalized.

He explained that his view followed consultations which the party had conducted on the issue.