HAITI: Protesters Threaten To Burn Down Parliament If Gay Marriage Is Legalized, Two Men Reportedly Murdered At Protest
Organisers say they are pleased with the turnout on Friday as more than 1,000 people took to the streets here to protest homosexuality and a proposal to legalize gay marriage in Haiti. The protesters carried anti-gay placards and chanted songs 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, but a coalition of religious groups said it opposed recent laws in other countries supporting gay marriage.According to the above-linked article, the protest was organized by several religious groups, including one called the Haitian Coalition of Religious and Moral Organizations. According to another source, two men presumed to be gay were murdered at the protest.
According to sources in Haiti, within the protest against marriage between persons of the same sex, individuals armed with knives (sticks, blocks and other objects) attacked several people, that they accuse him of being homosexual. On Jean Jacques Dessalines Boulevard, at the Iron Market, at about 1:00 PM in the afternoon, 2 people were beaten to death. At 4:00 PM when the information was received on the news desk of The Sentinel, it was said that their bodies were still lying on the ground.
(Tipped by JMG readers Martin and Pierre)