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Love March Movement protests US gay rights envoy's visit to Jamaica

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Daniel Thomas (left), president of the Love March Movement, and a supporter of the group on Knutsford Boulevard, Kingston today.

A group of young persons today staged a peaceful demonstration in protest of a visit of two US gay rights envoys to the island.

The protesters belong to the Love March Movement, a youth Christian organization which advocates for sexual purity and the family.

The United States Special Envoy for the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) Persons, Randy Berry, arrived on the island yesterday. 

He is joined by United States Agency for International Department (USAID) Senior LGBT Coordinator Todd Larson.

During the three-day visit, Berry and Larson will meet with Government representatives, in addition to representatives from religious, business, academic, and civil society organisations to “discuss the human rights of LGBT persons and other marginalised groups.

About 20 members gathered silently outside the Emancipation Park in New Kingston bearing placards which read ‘No to US buggery export’.

Speaking with The Gleaner/ Power 106 News team, President of the movement, Daniel Thomas said it is offensive that the US would send envoys to lobby on behalf of the gay agenda.

Thomas, whose movement has a petition against repealing the buggery law signed by over 40,000 persons, says the country has already taken a stance on the matter. 


President of the Love March Movement, Daniel Thomas

Thomas says the Love March Movement will oppose any legislative changes which will jeopardise families.