Questions Remain About Dominica Arrest of Gay Couple

Author: , March 29th, 2012

Gay Cruise and DominicaAfter authorities in Dominica arrested two gay men aboard an Atlantis cruise, some are questioning why a gay cruise would visit a nation that criminalizes gay sex.

Just days into the Atlantis-sponsored Caribbean cruise, Palm Springs couple Dennis Mayer and John Hart were called to guest relations on the Celebrity ship Summit and arrested for allegedly having sex on their balcony, according to several accounts, bringing to an abrupt end their vacation, and marking the beginning of a legal drama.

Representatives from Atlantis Events did not respond to several attempts by the Blade to discuss the incident, however the company’s president, Rich Campbell, posted a statement addressing the controversy on the Atlantis Events Facebook page on March 22.

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Gay Travelers Arrested in Dominica Talk About Ordeal

Author: , March 25th, 2012

Gay Travelers Arrested in DominicaRetired police officer Dennis Jay Mayer and his partner, John Robert Hart, the gay couple arrested on the Atlantis Cruise ship in Dominica are speaking out about their experience, KTLA reports.

“I’m not going to implicate myself one way or another, but we were charged with being naked on the balcony,” he said.

A photo shows Mayer and Hart, under police escort, being led from court to go to a bank to withdraw money for their fine, as a crowd of residents watched. “I’ve never seen something like this,” Mayer said. “I’ve never seen people chanting and protesting in the street. It was amazing.”

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Why Did Gay Cruise Company Choose to Visit a Homophobic Country?

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Cruise, DominicaWednesday night, March 21, KCBS News, the local CBS News affiliate in Los Angeles, lead their news-heavy broadcast with the story out of West Hollywood about how two gay men had been arrested for “buggery” (sodomy) by Dominican police on their Celebrity Summit cruise ship docked off the small Caribean country.

Travel agent Jess Kalinowsky told KCBS Channel 2: “Number one, the travel agent should have told their clients about these destinations. And number two, Atlantis should have told the clients about the destinations. And number three, the clients should have kept their windows shut.”

The real question is: why would the WeHo-based Atlantis Events cruise to anywhere near Dominica, Jamaica, the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands where they know sodomy has long been illegal?

Fox News reported an interview with President Rich Campbell, who is aboard the cruise: “Many countries and municipalities that gay men visit and live in have antiquated laws on their books,” he said. “These statutes don’t pose a concern to us in planning a tourist visit.”

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Gay Men Arrested for Having Sex in Dominica Plead Guilty, to Be Released

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Men Arrested in DomenicaTwo Southern California men pleaded guilty on Thursday to indecent exposure in Dominica after they were arrested during a stop on a gay cruise of the Caribbean.

John Robert Hart, 41, and Dennis Jay Mayer, 43, of Palm Springs, said they regretted their actions. Police said they were seen having sex in plain sight of people on land, prompting officers to board the ship and arrest them on Wednesday.

“We humbly apologize to the people of Dominica,” both men said during the hearing. The two initially were arrested on suspicion of the local equivalent of sodomy in the eastern Caribbean island, which prohibits sex between two men.

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Two Men Arrested in Dominica for Having Sex on Gay Cruise

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Men Arrested in DomenicaTwo California men on a gay cruise have been arrested for having sex in Dominica, a Caribbean island country where sex between two men is illegal.

The Associated Press reports that the men, ages 41 and 43, were seen having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock and subsequently arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and sodomy. The exact date and time of the incident was unclear, but the men were not charged. Their hometowns were not released.

The cruise was organized by Atlantis Events, a Southern California company that specializes in gay travel. A spokesman with the company said all employees were on the cruise ship and could not be reached.

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