LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Two men, both from southern California, were arrested for having sex with each other on a gay cruise ship in the Caribbean, according to officials.
People in West Hollywood were shocked at the international arrests. Said one woman, “Why would the company even take you there if that was a risk.” One man said, “That doesn’t make any sense.”
The men were on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship that was docked in the tiny country of Dominica.
Sodomy, or as it’s called in Dominica “buggery,” is illegal there. The men were arrested for “buggery,” but have only been charged with indecent exposure, apparently a lesser charge.
The two men were having sex, in their cabin aboard the ship, according to travel agent Jess Kalinowsky. He said, “their drapes were open.”
Kalinowsky booked several clients on the same ship. Apparently someone on the dock saw it and complained. Authorities arrested John Hart, 41, and Dennis Mayer, 43, — both men from the Southland.
Kalinowsky said, “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.”
Kalinowsky said he believes gay people should avoid four key areas in the Caribbean due to homophobic laws. “Never Jamaica, never the Cayman Islands, never the Bahamas, and never Dominica,” he said.
If the men are found guilty, they face a $370 fine and six months in jail.