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Thousand-plus participate in anti-gay demonstration in Haiti

Friday, July 19, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — More than 1,000 people in Haiti participated Friday in a rare street demonstration to protest homosexuality and a proposal to legalize gay marriage in the Caribbean nation.

The protest brought together a mix of religious groups, from Protestant to Muslim, who carried anti-gay placards and chanted songs, including one in which they threatened to burn down parliament if its members make same-sex marriage legal.

A Haitian gay rights group has said it plans to submit a proposal allowing homosexuals to wed.

“I believe in God, and God condemns homosexuality,” said protester Eddy Jean-Pierre, a self-described Protestant. “Haiti is not going to accept this, and God will punish us further if we allow this law to pass.”

The demonstration organized by several religious groups, including one calling itself the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations, came two days after watchdog groups held a news confer ence to condemn what they say is an increase in threats against homosexuals in the country. They also took issue with plans for the Friday protest.

The coalition of religious groups said three weeks ago that it opposed recent laws in other countries supporting gay marriage.

Haiti’s gay and lesbian community is small and has long kept a low-profile because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment.

Gay rights groups in Haiti say that members of the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community often don’t report rights violations to authorities out of fear of reprisal. Those people also have suffered overt discrimination from law enforcement and judicial authorities, particularly in Port-au-Prince, the U.S. State Department said in a 2012 report on human rights in Haiti.

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  1. sad

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:20pm
  2. A bunch of idiots lol

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:22pm
  3. Don´t they have much bigger problems?

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:23pm
  4. But religion always finds a distraction from real problems.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:27pm
  5. Thank you Ed :) no they are more worry about hate than human rights

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:28pm
  6. Wow they have a lot of free time!

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:28pm
  7. it´s a lack of education or knowledge of the subject in general. they´re being sheep.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:29pm
  8. Sad for the LGBT community there, but Haiti is a rathole anyway…

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:31pm
  9. The poor souls are starving so the preachers have found a distraction for these poor people.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:31pm
  10. Anyone want to fund a trip to Haiti to crash this little party?

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:33pm
  11. SAD and PATHETIC!!

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:37pm
  12. Divide and Conquer

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:38pm
  13. thank you, Christianity. More of your fine fine teachings being put to work.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:38pm
  14. And in other news they live in huts and well that is all

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:39pm
  15. I wish humans would just grow up.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:40pm
  16. Give us back our aid and live in your huts

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:42pm
  17. The Caribbean is very anti gay from what I understand. They believe in things like beating gay people and death for gays and such.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:48pm
  18. they just dont know!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:50pm
  19. Guess who´s NOT getting all those GLBTQ vacation/honeymoon dollars!

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:53pm
  20. How is that protest any different than what happens here in the US??

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:55pm
  21. cause they are small minded Idiots

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:06pm
  22. Lmao dude FUCK Haiti! Why don´t y´all just spread ur AIDS & starve too death… Oh too late.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:15pm
  23. Title should change to “small group of citizens…”

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:18pm
  24. there are people i know who are bible people who are sending money to haiti..

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:22pm
  25. this is what IGNORANCE looks like

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 6:49pm
  26. Why are so many straight people concerned about what I do in my bedroom? Talk about perverts!

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:07pm
  27. Thats okay ! Haitains fucking stink anyway !! for real too smell one … stanky mo fo´s …

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:10pm
  28. They don´t mind taking GAY MONEY when they are in need due to hurricanes now do they!

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:12pm
  29. how about poverty and corruption…I should think that´s more important….silly religionites!

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:34pm
  30. They all do it on the down low and just don´t talk about it.. It happens in every country…

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 7:41pm
  31. Whatever

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 8:02pm
  32. I M FOR THAT COUNTRY AND Im A SHAME…. NEXT TIME THEY NEED MONEY FOR SOMETHING I WILL REMEMBER! ☻

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 8:06pm
  33. they need more than money…they need basic lessons on managing and maintaining a country and an economy…banning gays…great loss of tourist funding their loss…

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 8:21pm
  34. There is a reason these countries stay so poor and backward. The outer world reflects the inner world and obviously they are as spiritually impoverished as they are materially.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 8:25pm
  35. so nice to see how much people love us :-( but they DO love our money when we vacation there,,, never again !!!

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9:16pm
  36. Hati should protest being a toilet first.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9:26pm
  37. And the fact that you are far behind on the modern advancements & ideas of the world is why that modest Earthquake was so devastating to you.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9:36pm
  38. No wonder the Dominicans hate them…..

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9:50pm
  39. Wow! And after all the earthquake help they got from around the world, they have time for this hatred?! Wow!

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9:55pm
  40. God will punish you? Dude, you´re already in Haiti. What´s he going to do? Move you to Afghanistan?

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:06pm
  41. Hate is not territorial…but then, neither is love

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:07pm
  42. Just how many GAYS donated money and time after your quake assholes?

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:26pm
  43. whole bunch of ignorants

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:27pm
  44. so tragic in every way

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:28pm
  45. F Haiti.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:01pm
  46. time to boycott Haiti.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:02pm
  47. Great then we will take our millions of dollars in travel and vacation money somewhere else. It is not like never going to that third world shit hole is a loss for anyone.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:13pm
  48. I have had several friends take cruises there and told me not to let any of the shop owners now you are gay. That they will harass you if they don´t see you with someone of the opposite sex.

    Posted on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 11:28pm
  49. Sa a te kontinyèl pou 20 ane. Poukisa nou toujou vizite Ayiti? This has been going on for at least two decades now. Why are we still visiting Haiti?

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 12:05am
  50. @ Karen Wolfe, yes, you´re right. Don´t forget that U.S. evangelicals are bankrolling outreach programs in the global south, supporting churches in these developing nations and fuelling the flames of LGBT hate under the umbrella of “ministries”. While these countries in question weren´t LGBT friendly to begin with, aid (or interference, depending upon your perspective) from the evangelicals didn´t seem to extend to demonstrating Western models of tolerance and compassion. Or so it seems.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 1:12am
  51. Guruchandali Kolikaal

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 1:58am
  52. As if protesting a natural state of being does anything other than make people look stupid. Another lovely by-product of the mindless faith people put in religion.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:03am
  53. ok, so next time there´s a disaster there, we just won´t give them our money. wow talk about ungrateful.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:03am
  54. Once again the mindless sheep of religion.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:04am
  55. It ain´t over yet……I´m staging an anti-Haitian demonstration in Port Authority……..I´m joking. Protesting homosexuality? That doesn´t make any sense……….I better hide my penguins

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:06am
  56. … ExACTly! No-MORE-$$$!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:07am
  57. It is a country that is the perfect Petri dish for relgious hucksters (most of them from the USA). Evangelical Christians are very active down there – one of the more powerful AM radio networks (4VEH) is a religious outlet.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:24am
  58. It´s so disheartening to hear so many hateful comments here. Yes, this is unfortunate but to wish death, AIDS, and poverty on a nation….. I would wish a group that has been on the receiving side of hate would be more loving themselves.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:34am
  59. Shouldn´t they be more focused on rebuilding their country? Or is this anti-gay protest the result of too many people with not enough to do?

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:43am
  60. and yet goody two shoes run there to help them..screw that bunch of animals

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:54am
  61. God will punish them further if they allow homosexual marriages to be legalized? Isn´t famine, pestilence and just plain old ignorance punishment enough for just living? How can god possibly punish them anymore than that for just being alive? Do they not read their bible and see that we are all accountable for our own sins? Why would god punish a village for one sinner? Oh I forgot, god does those types of mysterious things.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:07am
  62. All of my checks have been stopped for Haiti.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:45am
  63. To me, that is the same thing as protesting whites, Hispanics and every other human race. I don´t like to blame religion, it´s an individual choice to believe in something or not. This act is just stupid. Plain and simple.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:15am
  64. I´m not surprised this has happened, given that being openly LGBTQ in Haiti can be potentially fatal. Nearly all have to live in secret, or risk losing everything. Those who are openly LGBTQ can find themselves shunned by society, denied basic civil and human rights, etc.

    The only time being LGBTQ is at least ignored is during religious practices associated with Voodoo. Those who are either Catholic of evangelical Protestants tend to be the ones promoting fear, hate, and every now and then, violence.

    Given the widespread poverty, control by certain groups claiming to be Christian, an estimated 20% infected with HIV, Haiti is ripe for those pushing a doctrine of fear, hatred, and violence against those perceived of as “other.”

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 8:56am
  65. Bigotry in action.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 1:36pm
  66. You don´t like to blame religion because it´s true Robin.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 1:36pm
  67. religion … i feel sorry for haitien

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 2:21pm
  68. :(

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:17pm
  69. Well forget the US helping them during the next quake.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:42pm
  70. they must be begging for another hurricane… i´ll keep my gay dollars. they are already in a mess there, you think they have better things to do with their time. people amaze me. sad shit. go build some huts and quit hatin on others. geez.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 5:57pm
  71. Trust me this gay man will stay out of your impoverished country with a corrupt government.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 6:22pm
  72. Several comments here blame homophobia on religion. Some churches are guilty of this, but true Christianity, in my opinion. accepts all people as neighbors/brothers.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:24pm
  73. If you think you are Christian, but don´t accept others who are different in some ways, then you really are not.

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:25pm
  74. closeted…poked in the ass or getting their dick sucked

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 7:31pm
  75. religion go´s wild :-( and NOT in a good way !!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 9:25pm