Thousand-Plus Show Up in Haiti Anti-Gay Protest

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 16:  Anti-gay religious protesters picket at the ceremony of lesbian couple Robin Tyler and Diane Olson after they were married in the first legally recognized same-sex marriage in Los Angeles County, at the Beverly Hills courthouse on June 16, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. The two were plaintiffs in one of the lawsuits that led to the overturning of California's gay marriage ban. Gay and Lesbian marriages became legal in California at 5:01 p.m. The California Supreme Court refused to stay its decision legalizing same-sex marriage despite calls by conservative and religious opponents, before an initiative to amend the state constitution to ban gay marriage goes to ballot in November. A study released by University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) this month projects that nearly half of the state's 102,600 same-sex couples will marry in the next three years and, along with same-sex couples from other states, will spend more than $683 million on weddings, honeymoons and other marriage-related activities.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Thousand-Plus Show Up in Haiti Anti-Gay Protest

More than 1,000 demonstrators are protesting homosexuality in Haiti, urging lawmakers not to make same-sex marriages equal in legal in the country.

Published July 19, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — More than 1,000 people in Haiti are participating in a rare demonstration to protest homosexuality.

Eddy Jean-Pierre, who says he's a Protestant, is among demonstrators in the capital of Port-au-Prince. They are urging lawmakers not to pass legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Caribbean nation.

The Friday demonstration organized by several religious groups comes two days after watchdog groups condemned what they say is an increase in threats targeting homosexuals in Haiti.

A group called the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations said three weeks ago that it disagreed with recent laws in other countries supporting gay marriage.

Haiti's small gay and lesbian community has long remained largely underground because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment.

 

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Written by Associated Press

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