Jamaican Christians liken gay sex to bestiality in ‘Love March’

Christians have marched through Kingston, Jamaica, demanding ‘sexual purity’, the retention of Jamaica’s ‘buggery law’ and likened gay sex to ‘man on dog sex’

Jamaican Christians liken gay sex to bestiality in ‘Love March’
17 September 2012

Right-wing Christians have marched through Kingston, Jamaica’s capital, demanding the country retains its ‘buggery law’.

The extremists claimed that homosexuality is like ‘man on dog sex’ and claimed gays could be cured and freed from their ‘bondage’.

The march on Saturday (15 September) combined preaching sessions and prayers with a placard-wielding protest parade through the streets of Kingston, from Hope Gardens to Mandela Park at Half Way Tree.

While organizers insisted they ‘love’ LGBT people, they also described homosexuality as ‘poisonous’. And passing by what they said were gay venues in the city, they called on supporters to ‘tear down the enemy’.

As they neared Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller’s official residence, they chanted ‘Keep the buggery law’. This refers to her plans to review the colonial-era legislation which criminalizes homosexuality.

Numbers joining the march are unclear but Anti-Gay Fact Check claims under 100 people took part and the event was not a success.

‘It happened on a Saturday morning when many people are not on the streets or at work,’ the organization said.

While opposing the message of the march Angeline Jackson, a secular human rights activist, said she was still pleased it had taken place.

She told us: ‘I’m extremely happy they had their march. Christian lobbyists love to cry that Christians cannot speak out against homosexuality.’

But Maurice Tomlinson, a Jamaican LGBT activist who had to flee the country after his sexuality was made public, said the demonstration proved that Christian fundamentalists were prepared to lie to keep anti-gay laws in place.

He said: ‘Basically they are concerned that decriminalizing sodomy will deny them their “right” to make homophobic remarks, and as a result, they make ridiculous claims, such as the anti-buggery law is necessary to prevent HIV.

‘A tremendous amount of education still has to take place, and I am sure Jamaican LGBT [people] know and are ready for the work ahead.’

Read a full report on the march by Omar Kuddus for GSN here.

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