Haiti promises protection to threatened gays, warns violent homophobes

Published: July 24, 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (HCNN) — Haiti’s minister of Justice said on Monday the Haitian government will crack down on anti gay militants who use violence to express their position, while the Caribbean nation’s police denied allegations that two gay individuals were killed on Friday.

Justice Minister Jean Renel Sanon told HCNN the government will not tolerate any violence against people because of their sexual orientation.
He said law enforcement officials will protect any individuals who are a target for violence regardless of their religious or sexual orientation.

"This government won’t tolerate violence against anybody. Be they gay or not gay, that does not matter," Sanon told HCNN on Monday.

"Violence against people will be sanctioned," warned Sanon, who did not say clearly whether or not he supported gay rights.

The statements came after reports that several gay individuals were attacked in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, following an anti gay street demonstration on Friday, organized by a Christian grouping calling itself a coalition of religious and moral organizations.
A spokesman for the group, Pastor Gerald Forges, denounced what he calls a plan orchestrated by Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups to get Parliament to pass a law authorizing gay marriage.

"We, moral people, cannot accept such practices because they go against God’s will," Forges explained.

"We will continue to demonstrate against those immoral and evil people," he said.
The president of the lower chamber of Parliament, Jean Tholbert Alexis, said none of the LGBT groups had actually submitted such a project to legislators.

"Such law proposal is not part of the legislative agenda we are working on," Alexis told HCNN.

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