25,000 Protest in Jamaica Against 'Homosexual Agenda'
Thousands gathered in Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday to show support for the country's strict sodomy law, which prohibits same-sex intercourse, reports state.
The protest was organized by a local church group called Jamaica Churches Action Uniting Society and gathered as many as 25,000 people to take a stand against what religious leaders have termed a 'homosexual agenda.'
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According to reports, the crowd consisted of mainly Muslims and Christians gathering to show their support.
An advocate on behalf of LGBT Jamaicans, Maurice Tomlinson, stated that the rally could not have come at a worse time as violence against LGBT people in Jamaica has been on the rise lately and mobs have even gathered to attack members of the LGBT community.
"They really poured a lot of money into this, which to me is of great concern," Tomlinson said. "It means that they are going after politicians and policy makers and etcetera to make sure the rights of LGBT people are not recognized."
However, according to Helene Coley Nicholson, a member of the Jamaica CAUSE Secretariat, the group finds the agenda of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex, LGBTI community, to be a cause for concern.
Nicholson further stated that Jamaica CAUSE stood to oppose said agenda which, according to her, seeks to foster a society where all sexual expression is free and those in opposition are punished.
At the rally, church leaders called on Jamaicans to stand up for "strong and healthy families" and "to resist the homosexual agenda," in other words, to uphold the sodomy law which is locally referred to as the 'buggery law.'
Sunday's protest was in response to the government and Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller beginning work on legislation which could repeal the sodomy law.
Tomlinson was not optimistic about any such change being carried out as he pointed to fear mongering and recent protests against the LGBT community as signs that the law will most likely remain unchanged.