KINGSTON, Jamaica — Attorney and gay-rights activist Maurice Tomlinson is pressing to have legal action taken against local television stations TVJ and CVM despite a constitutional court ruling in favour of the stations last November.
Tomlinson has filed an appeal against the ruling in which he sought to have three national television stations air an advertisement promoting tolerance of homosexuals. He is now appealing against only two of those stations.
He claims that the television stations breached his constitutional rights when they refused to air his commercial promoting tolerance of homosexuals.
The Constitutional Court, comprising of Justices Paulette Williams, Bryan Sykes and Leighton Pusey, ruled that CVM and TVJ reserved the right to air or not to air what they chose to.
As for the State-run Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ), which was the third defendant in the case, the court accepted that its policy did not allow it to air paid advertisement.
Tomlinson’s claim, the court noted, didn’t challenge the constitutionality of the statute, regulation or policy under which the station is operated.