Atlantis Gay Cruise Ship couple Arrested in Dominica deny that they were having sex…
Mayer “The total experience was horrendous,” he said. “They told us that they did not like us, that they did not like gay people.”
The ship was docked in at Dominica which is in the Caribbean and known for their extreme homophobic laws. “buggery” which means gay sex is illegal and punishable up to 10 years in prison. When someone from a dock “claimed” that the two were having sex on their balcony.
Mayer and Hart were called out of their room by the captain.
Three cruise ship officials and six Dominica police officers were waiting for them. After police interviewed both men separately, the assistant captain spoke: “At this time, we are going to eject you from the ship. We have zero tolerance toward your behavior,” Mayer recalled him saying. And Atlantis Cruises then turned the two men over to the Dominica police.
After being arrested and taken to the police station for interrogation they were told the following:
’You’re being arrested for being gay. We’re arresting you for the crime of buggery,’” Mayer said. and added that other people said that we were engaging in homosexual sex and repeated that several times. I told him “I didn’t know why they would say that. I wasn’t doing that.” Mayer said he was naked in his cabin and nearly naked on the balcony. “
Police even threatened that they would medically examined to prove that they had gay sex. “He said, you know, we’re looking for specific things, fluids, bruising, things of that nature,” then the official later said that they had a right to refuse the exam.
They claim that their treatment was in humane and i believe it. The charges of buggery were dropped and they were only charged with indicent exposure. They had to pay a fine and when police took them to an atm to withdraw the money crowds of people, anti-gay animals, pounded on the police cars and shouted angrily at the couple.
watch their account below and read the full deets at back2stonewall.
I do not condone bad behavior, however in this case it seems that Mayer is telling the truth, that he and hart were not having sex as police claim by the sheer fact that the charges were dropped. I think that Atlantis Cruise line should be held accountable for failing to protect their passengers by taking them in to places that out law homosexuality and at a minimum should reimburse Mayer and Hart all financial costs the incurred. Rich Campbell, the president of Atlantis West Hollywood branch, in his statement blamed the the couple for what happened to them, should be fired and Atlantis boycotted.
And might i ad this little nugget. To Campbell, do not tell me in all your years of “gaying” around the world, you have not walked around your room naked, sunbathed nude or do i dare say, even have been a touch wild “when in Rome”. They way you blamed these two customers and not to mention fellow gays and left them out to dry was disgusting…Shame on you…
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