Groups condemn threats against Haiti's gay society

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Associated Press

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 4:04 PM

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Watchdog groups in Haiti are condemning what they say has been a series of threats targeting the Caribbean nation's small gay community.

Attorney Mario Joseph and gay rights advocate Charlot Jeudy said at a news conference Wednesday that people who are gay or lesbian should be able to live freely without being harassed or attacked.

Jeudy is the president of a gay rights group. He says he was recently the victim of several threats, including a call from someone who told him to shut his mouth, or have it shut for him.

The conference comes three weeks after several Protestant leaders in Haiti said on national television that they disagreed with recent laws in other countries supporting gay marriage.

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