Haiti may ban gay mar­riage, pub­lic sup­port for LGBTQ rights

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A gay rights group in Haiti says it is fight­ing to head off a pro­posed law that would ban same-sex mar­riage and pro­hibit any pub­lic demon­stra­tions in favour of LGBTQ peo­ple in the Caribbean coun­try.

A bill passed by the Haitian Se­nate last week pro­vides for up to three years in prison and a fine of about $8,000 for ei­ther party to a mar­riage not be­tween a man and a woman. The bill also would ban any pub­lic sup­port or ad­vo­cacy for LGBTQ rights.

Haitian law al­ready specif­i­cally de­fines mar­riage as be­tween a man and a woman. Char­lot Jeudy of the gay rights or­ga­ni­za­tion Kouraj said Mon­day that the leg­is­la­tion would vi­o­late the con­sti­tu­tion and his group will try to per­suade mem­bers of the Cham­ber of Deputies to re­ject it.

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