Covert oppression

B-GLAD says that's what its members keep facing

A just released report on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Barbados has found that “deep-rooted oppression” stills exists in the country, posing a danger to members. The 19-page document The State Of LGBT Barbados: A Brief Overview was made public on the weekend by the Barbados Gays, Lesbians and All-Sexuals Against Discrimination (B-GLAD).

It was released at an event at the Courtyard By Marriott where a video documentary VOICES –– Speaking Out was also screened. In that documentary several members of the community came out and stated their sexual orientation and gender identity.

“LGBT Barbadians face a level of discrimination which can be best described as covert oppression; hard to pinpoint but evident to all,” according to the  document, parts of which were read by Ro-Ann Mohammed, co-director of B-GLAD.

“There exists no law to protect the members of the LGBT population from the stigma and discrimination which they endure,” the document stated, while noting the clear contradiction within the Constitution as it related to discrimination.

Explaining that victims of “severe homophobia and transphobia” were usually of lower socioeconomic standing, the study pointed to numerous incidents dating as far back as 2002 where members were attacked because of their lifestyle. At the same time, it found that those in Barbados “do not largely suffer from violent hate crimes on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Instead, stigma and discrimination towards the LGBT population is often manifested in the forms of property damage, ostracism and verbal abuse from strangers and family alike, unjustified denial of employment, denial of housing, rejection and abandonment [by] family, friends and the wider society at large”.

According to the study, most members of the LGBT community do not report matters to the police out of fear of “negative repercussions or facing ridicule”.

“. . . A large majority of these do go unreported, also taking into consideration the fact that absolutely no law exists within the Barbados Constitution protecting citizens from crime that are committed against them because of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” B-GLAD insisted.

Describing current legislation on the law books as “archaic” and  “harshly unequal and homophobic rhetoric”, the study referenced Government’s stance on the issue, including recent assertion by Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe, who was adamant he would not support any gender-neutral legislation. It accused Barbados of being in violation of Article 11 of the Inter-American Convention On Human Rights by maintaining its stance on buggery and serious indecency.

“Barbados’ legislation is also actively in violation of the Universal Declaration On Human Rights, whose principles Prime Minister Freundel Stuart agreed to uphold in 2013,” the document stated.

Marissa Griffith said admitting to her sexual orientation to a public audience was scary. At left is director of B-GLAD Donnya Piggott.
Marissa Griffith said admitting to her sexual orientation to a public audience was scary.

Marissa Griffith, one of the participants in the video documentary said publicly declaring her sexual orientation was a tough but necessary step.

“This is important; very, very important. It is very scary; extremely, extremely scary; but it’s important; and I feel like it’s going to get very, very difficult; but it’s going to be worth it,” she said. “I think for the next couple of months the more people see this, the more difficult life is going to be for the persons who participated in the video. But if nobody ever gets on TV and says ‘I am gay’, well, nobody is ever going to be able to walk the streets comfortably and be gay.

“It is going to be hard. It is very difficult, and it’s going to get more difficult; but it is very important.”

The video project, which B-GLAD says highlights injustices against gender and sexual minorities throughout the country, was funded by the British High Commission.

“Some of the issues included in the documentary are abandonment [by] parents, trouble with self-acceptance, job discrimination and homeless,” the group stated. It explained that the project sought to sensitize and educate residents about “the social ills the LGBT community faces in the hope of [achieving] behaviour change towards the LGBT community”.

carolwilliams@barbadostoday.bb  

64 Responses to Covert oppression

  1. Susan Nedd Keller
    Susan Nedd Keller December 9, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Very well said in my opinion
    Life is so short,live and let’s live.love who you are and whoever you want to love.

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    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith December 9, 2014 at 9:29 am

      There’s nothing remotely loving about lesbianism; it’s straight up lust! Nine times out of ten, what this type of female needs is a good MAN and all his appurtenances thereto..Shameless hussies.

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    • Angela Maria
      Angela Maria December 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

      John 8:7 “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Yvonne Griffith

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    • Huasani Manard
      Huasani Manard December 9, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Angela Maria what if a grown man is sexually attracted to underage girls wouldn’t you class him as a rapist a want him thrown in jail? We have to much double standards when it comes to adopting European an american cultures these lesbians an bullets need to stop n check themselves and see that they are a big threat to the survival of the human race .

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Huasani Manard…the UK had strict anti buggery laws throughout their empire, they abolished them in the UK in 1967.. But the remnants of the empire continue to be anti gay and lesbian…Why is that..??…is it because your ex colonial masters did a excellent job of divide and rule, and you’ve been brainwashed generation after generation to be homophobic…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Huasani Manard…the UK had strict anti buggery laws throughout their empire, they abolished them in the UK in 1967.. But the remnants of the empire continue to be anti gay and lesbian…Why is that..??…is it because your ex colonial masters did a excellent job of divide and rule, and you’ve been brainwashed generation after generation to be homophobic…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Huasani Manard…the UK had strict anti buggery laws throughout their empire, they abolished them in the UK in 1967.. But the remnants of the empire continue to be anti gay and lesbian…Why is that..??…is it because your ex colonial masters did a excellent job of divide and rule, and you’ve been brainwashed generation after generation to be homophobic…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Huasani Manard…the UK had strict anti buggery laws throughout their empire, they abolished them in the UK in 1967.. But the remnants of the empire continue to be anti gay and lesbian…Why is that..??…is it because your ex colonial masters did a excellent job of divide and rule, and you’ve been brainwashed generation after generation to be homophobic…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Huasani Manard…the UK had strict anti buggery laws throughout their empire, they abolished them in the UK in 1967.. But the remnants of the empire continue to be anti gay and lesbian…Why is that..??…is it because your ex colonial masters did a excellent job of divide and rule, and you’ve been brainwashed generation after generation to be homophobic…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Huasani Manard…the UK had strict anti buggery laws throughout their empire, they abolished them in the UK in 1967.. But the remnants of the empire continue to be anti gay and lesbian…Why is that..??…is it because your ex colonial masters did a excellent job of divide and rule, and you’ve been brainwashed generation after generation to be homophobic…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Yvonne Griffiths..” They need a good Man” who do you think you are to tell people over 16 who they can or cannot have sex with…?…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Yvonne Griffiths..” They need a good Man” who do you think you are to tell people over 16 who they can or cannot have sex with…?…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Yvonne Griffiths..” They need a good Man” who do you think you are to tell people over 16 who they can or cannot have sex with…?…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Yvonne Griffiths..” They need a good Man” who do you think you are to tell people over 16 who they can or cannot have sex with…?…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Yvonne Griffiths..” They need a good Man” who do you think you are to tell people over 16 who they can or cannot have sex with…?…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Yvonne Griffiths..” They need a good Man” who do you think you are to tell people over 16 who they can or cannot have sex with…?…

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    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith December 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Angela Maria, quit distorting bible verses to justify unrighteousness. Didn’t Christ tell the woman to “go and sin no more”? Jesus never condoned unrighteousness. Gays, like any other sinner must repent (forsake that sin which so easily besets you). What is it another female has that you’re lacking? Quit trying to justify iniquity. Nail it to the cross.

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    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith December 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Angela Maria, quit distorting bible verses to justify unrighteousness. Didn’t Christ tell the woman to “go and sin no more”? Jesus never condoned unrighteousness. Gays, like any other sinner must repent (forsake that sin which so easily besets you). What is it another female has that you’re lacking? Quit trying to justify iniquity. Nail it to the cross.

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    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith December 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Angela Maria, quit distorting bible verses to justify unrighteousness. Didn’t Christ tell the woman to “go and sin no more”? Jesus never condoned unrighteousness. Gays, like any other sinner must repent (forsake that sin which so easily besets you). What is it another female has that you’re lacking? Quit trying to justify iniquity. Nail it to the cross.

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    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith December 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Angela Maria, quit distorting bible verses to justify unrighteousness. Didn’t Christ tell the woman to “go and sin no more”? Jesus never condoned unrighteousness. Gays, like any other sinner must repent (forsake that sin which so easily besets you). What is it another female has that you’re lacking? Quit trying to justify iniquity. Nail it to the cross.

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    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith December 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Angela Maria, quit distorting bible verses to justify unrighteousness. Didn’t Christ tell the woman to “go and sin no more”? Jesus never condoned unrighteousness. Gays, like any other sinner must repent (forsake that sin which so easily besets you). What is it another female has that you’re lacking? Quit trying to justify iniquity. Nail it to the cross.

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    • Yvonne Griffith
      Yvonne Griffith December 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Angela Maria, quit distorting bible verses to justify unrighteousness. Didn’t Christ tell the woman to “go and sin no more”? Jesus never condoned unrighteousness. Gays, like any other sinner must repent (forsake that sin which so easily besets you). What is it another female has that you’re lacking? Quit trying to justify iniquity. Nail it to the cross.

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley December 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      Yvonne do you actually understand this is 2014, sinners your pathetic, remember while your quoting the bible so much there is a never ending amount of sinners in EVERY church and they are the biggest hypocrites you will ever have the misfortune to meet

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  2. Michelle Cheeseman
    Michelle Cheeseman December 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    SERIOUS QUESTION: if i am a female and i undergo a sex change and am now a male, are all my forms of identification (passport/drivers licence) now changed to MALE??

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    • Alicia Norville
      Alicia Norville December 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

      I was wondering the same thing. But I think it still states what you were at birth

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    • Candice Coppola
      Candice Coppola December 9, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Michelle, if you live in the United States it varies from state to state, but most states will change the gender of a person who has undergone a sex change on all documents provided the persons provide documentation of their name change and a letter from their medical doctor. In barbados, well, I would doubt this would be the case.

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    • Drian Xyers
      Drian Xyers December 9, 2014 at 11:59 am

      In the states it could be a bit confusing because they don’t always work together on certain social issues.

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    • Cecelia Daniel-Brathwaite
      Cecelia Daniel-Brathwaite December 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Your genetic make up still maintains your original gender, NOTHING can change that. We are more than our sex organs.

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    • Michelle Cheeseman
      Michelle Cheeseman December 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      So basically no one has an answer as it relates to Barbados

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  3. PJ White
    PJ White December 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Huasani Manard, is paedophilia the same as sexual relations among consenting adults, regardless of the gender? Since when? Help me understand when the two things became synonymous. Smh

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  4. Huasani Manard
    Huasani Manard December 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

    They became synonymous because they’re both sins and to be treated as such. Therefore they both should be sentenced as deserved that’s my point. PJ White

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    • PJ White
      PJ White December 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

      So your argument against them is that there are both sins. So this is noted in the bible right Huasani Manard?

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    • Huasani Manard
      Huasani Manard December 9, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Its noted in the bible and sodomy is against the law in Barbados it is also a health hazard and destructing to the morality of the younger generation. I don’t care if them bull r wick but d disturbing thing is them glamorizing it n trying to force ppl to like them.

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    • Donna Burnett
      Donna Burnett December 9, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Who wrote the bible?

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    • Donna Burnett
      Donna Burnett December 9, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      They are NOT forcing people to like them they are just asking for the same rights as any heterosexual being because they are human being, your god made them too.

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    • PJ White
      PJ White December 9, 2014 at 12:03 pm

      I love it when ppl use the bible as their weapon to levy in an argument. So since ppl love doing that, I advise you also look up Leviticus 25, verse 44-46, Ephesian 6, verse 5, 1 Peter 2:18, 1st Timothy 2:12, Leviticus 19:28, 1 Corinthians 11:6, Leviticus 19:27 and I can go on and on. If you are using the bible as your justification, then stop cutting your hair, women shut up, all you with one drop of Black in you or Jew in you, hold your hands once more for the chains of slavery. Huasani Manard, you talk about double standards? Spare me! That is all! Great day to you all 😀

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Huasani Manard…This bible that you keep referring to is written by a BRITISH king….it’s exactly what is says on the cover…The King James Version of the Holy Bible…it has just 3 vague references to homosexuality….but a whole commandment concerning infidelity…” Thou shalt not commit adultery ” …?..”Thou shalt not covert thy neighbours wife”…..?…you bible bashers really need to get your own house in order before you start trying to give advise to others…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Huasani Manard…This bible that you keep referring to is written by a BRITISH king….it’s exactly what is says on the cover…The King James Version of the Holy Bible…it has just 3 vague references to homosexuality….but a whole commandment concerning infidelity…” Thou shalt not commit adultery ” …?..”Thou shalt not covert thy neighbours wife”…..?…you bible bashers really need to get your own house in order before you start trying to give advise to others…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Huasani Manard…This bible that you keep referring to is written by a BRITISH king….it’s exactly what is says on the cover…The King James Version of the Holy Bible…it has just 3 vague references to homosexuality….but a whole commandment concerning infidelity…” Thou shalt not commit adultery ” …?..”Thou shalt not covert thy neighbours wife”…..?…you bible bashers really need to get your own house in order before you start trying to give advise to others…

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    • Stephen D Stewart
      Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      Huasani Manard…This bible that you keep referring to is written by a BRITISH king….it’s exactly what is says on the cover…The King James Version of the Holy Bible…it has just 3 vague references to homosexuality….but a whole commandment concerning infidelity…” Thou shalt not commit adultery ” …?..”Thou shalt not covert thy neighbours wife”…..?…you bible bashers really need to get your own house in order before you start trying to give advise to others…

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley December 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Very well said Stephen !

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    • Janette Reifer
      Janette Reifer December 9, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      This is one of the agendas that is being pushed by the devils of this world. I do not care what they do, the same sex cannot be married. Marriage is between opposite sex. Look, sound and is stupid.

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  5. Louise King
    Louise King December 9, 2014 at 11:18 am

    homosexuals and lesbians is a bibical curse of saints —-homosexuals and lesbians , are men and women that turn from Christ in one self and follow– de sins of de saints—secrets of satan peter—Men and women is created EVE-ADAM—

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    • Maureen Annius
      Maureen Annius December 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

      So true those persons need jesus

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley December 9, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      These people need to be left alone by ignorant people, if a couple are gay why do you think you have a right to judge them ? are you so perfect ? I doubt it, they don’t need Jesus they need stupid people to keep their ignorant judgements to themselves – live and let live

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    • Sharon Woolley
      Sharon Woolley December 9, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      These people need to be left alone by ignorant people, if a couple are gay why do you think you have a right to judge them ? are you so perfect ? I doubt it, they don’t need Jesus they need stupid people to keep their ignorant judgements to themselves – live and let live

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  6. Andrew Headley
    Andrew Headley December 9, 2014 at 11:24 am

    i don’t get it. why concern yourselves with being accepted or liked. i agree that everyone has a right to live their lives how and with who they want to. Accept however that that same right is again for everyone, so some have the same right to dislike and make it known. some will say its right some will say its wrong. I say its your business your life. the problem comes from wanting to put our lifestyle on others .. That is very wrong. live with who you can full stop. i do not agree with same sex relationships and i have my reasons, yet i have gay friends. its my right..as of others

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    • CODE RED for gender justice
      CODE RED for gender justice December 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      What is at issue here is a question of being discriminated against in terms of employment, being targeted for street harassment and violence as well as estrangement from family networks which increases vulnerability to poverty and insecurity. It is far more complex, structural and serious than not being liked.

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    • Andrew Headley
      Andrew Headley December 9, 2014 at 7:04 pm

      I still say we as a people have our own ideas of the norm what ever that is, what is right for me may be right for someone else, its time that we understand that again there is a right, if i choose to employ a certain type , its my right, again my right may be your wrong, if you choose a path be ready to take what comes. NO one has the right to dictate, but We all have a right to be treated fairly, now tell me what is fair and by who’s standards.

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    • Andrew Headley
      Andrew Headley December 9, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      i don’t agree with the discrimination, however rejection is a part of life if it strays from again what someone calls the norm. You choose to fish then accept that someday you will catch nothing, you choose a life accept that someone will not like it and will not want you around, its called LIFE

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    • Andrew Headley
      Andrew Headley December 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

      Stop complaining and trying to force a life style down peoples throats and look for a way to make people understand the path chosen. People have a right to hire who they want

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  7. Candice Coppola
    Candice Coppola December 9, 2014 at 11:48 am

    This is great– I’m glad the Gay and Lesbian community is finding their voice and standing up for their rights here in Barbados. Keep shinning on– there are a lot of people here who support and acknowledge your cause. Keep being brave!

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  8. Drian Xyers
    Drian Xyers December 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm
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  9. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham December 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Why don,t we STOP with this Sodom & Gormorrah life style???????????????????????? This why we have all these illnesses here LORD help us but you know what CHRIST is the answer

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  10. Wrigley Don
    Wrigley Don December 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    More fire…Dem want jailing. ..amazing how we won’t enforce the laws of the the land when it comes to sodomy. ….

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  11. Keiwayne Morris
    Keiwayne Morris December 9, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    God going to deal with it all , know who u living for God or the Devil no man can serve 2 masters , God is A Holy God and will judge the world with his righteousness so people wake up and make your call of Election sure don’t point fingers at no body you to have give an account including me .Repent

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  12. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Yes Peter Gittens…Bullets for all the racist, homophobes, bigots, and hypocrites…..

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  13. Stephen D Stewart
    Stephen D Stewart December 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Yes Peter Gittens…Bullets for all the racist, homophobes, bigots, and hypocrites…..

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  14. bernard and india walker December 9, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    OK this is where you lead the USA . Why because they B-GlaD people want to make hetros vanish here. I won’t let that and Rihanna won’t either. The field can be level. TSocial media can have people say they are straight on the net. Then no problem. World Is watching !!

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  15. Kacia Hall-Mayers
    Kacia Hall-Mayers December 9, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    My take on this is what a man choose to do is his business only one person to judge us an that is God, if we want to go down the bible road as a known moderator would don’t just choose passages of the bible for your own purpose look at it from every angle, the bible say no sex before marriage that means all of us sin, they are person sleeping with married men an women an all other things that God said not to do, leave the people alone

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  16. Lola De Palma
    Lola De Palma December 9, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    When u go back to your maker, u going back as he made u. I’m not against gays. My sister and cousin both lesbians, they’re not into looking like men.

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  17. maria ward December 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Thank God only he have us to judge and not you all judge mental idiots out there what a man do or woman its there business as long you are happy with wanna men juking up inside of you whoopie doo if my memory serves me right the highest HIV/aids rate is between heterosexuals the biggest sinners is in the churches and if you want to clean someone windows start cleaning yours first .

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  18. brat December 11, 2014 at 7:18 am

    Everyone talking about homosexuality is a sin blah blah blah…..we all sin everyday so dont cry down others for anything they do….they’re only sinning in a different way than you!

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