Skip to comments.Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights
Posted on 02/22/2013 7:18:11 AM PST by cll
More than 200,000 religious Christians marched against gay rights in Puerto Rico on Monday in the largest such demonstration in the history of the US commonwealth.
Gathering in front of San Juans Capitol building, hundreds of thousands of Christian Puerto Ricans stopped traffic while defending traditional marriage and protesting against the idea of granting gay couples legal rights.
Traffic was snarled for miles leading toward the San Juan islet as buses packed with marchers headed toward the north side of the Capitol, described the Puerto Rican-based Caribbean Business. The mass demonstration, which took just three weeks to organize, drew in protesters from all types of Christian denominations who oppose same-sex marriage. And while some simply rallied against the idea of same-sex marriage, many were opposed to granting any rights to gay couples including protections against violence.
Some lawmakers are seeking to pass an amendment to the Domestic Violence Act 54 to make the conditions of the legislation apply to all couples, gay or straight.
It is a measure of justice and a desire that all citizens have equal access to protection from assault, intimidation, or potential domestic violence in their relationships, Puerto Rican Sen. Luis Vega Ramos told reporters last Thursday.
But in Puerto Rico, massive opposition to the move could prevent gay couples from receiving any sort of protections. The wave of protesters, blaring gospel music and brandishing large posters, alleged that the proposed legislation would discriminate against the church.
We are concerned that laws will be created to discriminate against the church We are concerned that public education will be used to change our children, presenting them with behaviors their parents dont think are correct, said Pastor Cesar Vazquez Muñiz, a spokesman of Puerto Rico for the Family, in an interview with El Vocero. This demonstration tells the government that there are things that they cannot touch and those are marriage and family.
Rep. Ramón Luis Nieves has also introduced legislation that would ban employment and housing discrimination based on someones sexual preference. But protesters are even opposed to that initiative, claiming that there are more important issues that politicians should be working on instead.
We chose [these politicians] to do other things to improve the economy, to reduce crime, to help health and education but not to change something as fundamental as marriage, [which] is between a man and a woman, and the family that is born of that relationship, said Pastor Cesar Vazquez in a speech in front of the masses. Politicians count the numbers, and the numbers are here.
Mondays protest was the largest anti-gay gathering in the history of the US commonwealth. The rally offended members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, some of whom held a small counter protest that went largely unnoticed.
Puerto Rican human rights activist Pedro Julio Serrano called the rally full of hate and intolerance, while Pastor Yenen Silén told Univision Puerto Rico that he has always had a problem with the churchs stance.
One of the struggles Ive had with the church is its sexist and homophobic message, and obviously when I see that they are using the resources they have to promote discrimination I cannot stay quiet because that is not the message of God, the pastor said.
Some Puerto Rican legislators have expressed their opposition to same-sex marriage, while still advocating for protections for gay couples. The country remains largely divided over an issue that is controversial, especially among the religious.
Yep... need more popcorn
the left is going to freak and poop their pants
Lies! Lies! Lies! They did not protest “Against gay rights” they protested in support of the natural order. We will never win the battle for the soul of this country if we refuse to call-out these liars when they twist the language around to support their point-of-view.
They don’t take too kindly to Maricons there.
Yup. Of course this will get little play in MSM.
Si, y los media pendejos tambien!
They have a Republican Governor down there.
This is GREAT.
OTHER CHRISTIAN AMERICANS SHOULD DO THIS IN WASHINGTON DC!!
We should do it to protect ALL our rights!!!
Viva Puerto Rico!!!!!
Unfortunately, our Republican Governor lost his reelection bid last November. It is precisely the new Democrat administration who these people are pushing back against.
A question that gay activists never want raised is why two male roommates, two female roommates, or even male and female roommates should receive benefits designed help married couples. Or why they should also be privileged over two males/females living together who are not trading sexual favors? Of course, all this started because we tolerated, even came to accept shacking-up as morally acceptable, gave a temporary affair the same status as a marriage. Gay marriage is simply the reduction ad absurdum of the sexual Revolution,that or the plague of porn on the internet.
That’s unfortunate. Didn’t know that.
Demostrations like this need to be done in every capital in every state in the Union where the Sodomites are not in the majority.
Are there no laws against simple assault and battery in Puerto Rico ? If there are, why wouldn't they apply ?
Because they don’t want to be “equal” citizens. They want to be Super-citizens.
It’s looking more and more that borderline 3rd world countries/states are light years ahead of us morally.
We chose [these politicians] to do other things to improve the economy, to reduce crime, to help health and education but not to change something as fundamental as marriage, [which] is between a man and a woman, and the family that is born of that relationship, said Pastor Cesar Vazquez in a speech in front of the masses.
more and more I am starting to like this Puerto Rico. Maybe there time for Statehood is a good thing for the Republic.