Haitian Christians protest new law providing protections for LGBT community

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07/27/2020

Several thousand members of Protestant churches demonstrated Sunday in Port-au-Prince against the country’s new criminal code, which they consider “immoral” because it penalizes discrimination based on sexual orientation. “If a pastor doesn’t want to marry two men together or two women, he will be arrested and at risk for one to three years in prison,“ Pastor Wismond Jeune said, incorrectly, during the protest in the Haitian capital. He wore a mask printed with the march’s slogan: “No to immorality, long live the family.” The new criminal code does not change the content of the Haitian civil code, which codifies marriage and only allows the union of a man and a woman. But the addition of the words “sexual orientation” to the list of criteria for criminal discrimination was enough to anger conservatives, who are also mistaken about the articles punishing incest and bestiality.

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