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Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage March In U.S. Virgin Islands Following Similar Rally in Jamaica

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The Jamaica Gleaner reports on an anti-gay march in St. Thomas in response to a proposed bill that would change the definition of marriage to mean a legal union between two people, regardless of gender.

VirginislandsReferring to a similar march against “the homosexual agenda” in Jamaica in June, Alger Warren, vice-chair of One Voice Virgin Islands (OVVI) and pastor of Faith Christian Fellowship Church Alive in Christ in the USVI, said:

"We applaud the people of Jamaica for coming out and taking a stand. We used the Jamaican march as a catalyst to encourage people to come out, because we said, 'Look, Jamaica got close to 25,000 people to come out in support of the traditional family against same-sex marriage.’ So we did reference the march in Jamaica and continue to reference it, so hopefully, that will inspire people to even come out for our march also."

Harriet Mercer, a member of the petition committee of OVVI, said that the march aimed to send a message to politicians that “like Jamaica, we too are against any kind of buggery being legalised."

Reacting to the news of the USVI march, the Reverend Dr Stevenson Samuels, chairman of Churches Action Uniting Society for Emancipation, the umbrella group responsible for the anti-gay march in Jamaica, said:

"We are extremely elated that other Caribbean countries are standing in support of what we are doing, and it really is just a testimony that there are countries with a large number of persons who have a concern for the well-being of their country. It is not just the US Virgin Islands. There are persons from other countries that have contacted us expressing their support and also their desire of doing something similar. We consider [the USVI] as our brothers in the fight, we consider them as people who really want the best for their country and we are in support of them."

[The Jamaica Gleaner article above mistakenly mentioned the number of attendees at the rally. The post has been updated]

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  1. Nothing but primitive savages

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 25, 2014 11:32:36 AM


  2. I worked for part of a season on St. Thomas in a friends restaurant. The "native islanders", (afro-caribbeans) were viciously homophobic. Would openly call you faggot while walking down the street then sneer or spit at your feet. The gay scene back then was mostly rotating invite only house parties. Now I'm sure the internet has changed that, lol.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Aug 25, 2014 11:41:43 AM


  3. 25,000 people? That doesn't sound right! That's half the population of St. Thomas. I live in St. John and we didnt hear anything about it. That number is way too big to not hear something about it.

    Posted by: Eddie | Aug 25, 2014 11:48:33 AM


  4. This article is a complete fuckup.

    The 25,000 number is the people who marched in JAMAICA. Christians in USVI were planning a similar rally, but there's no mention of the number of people who participated in it.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 25, 2014 11:54:11 AM


  5. yeah these "facts" seem questionable. 25,000 people is a lot.

    However I guess it's just another bigoted country to add to the list of places not to travel to or spend money in.

    Posted by: NOTICE | Aug 25, 2014 11:57:31 AM


  6. 25,000 Marched in Jamaica? That's no surprise. The islanders in the Caribbean are extremely homophobic. They were meeting gay cruises to protest them in the Bahamas. Jamaica is a hell for gay people.

    Posted by: jonnathewoodswoman | Aug 25, 2014 11:58:18 AM


  7. Here's a more recent article on the rally:

    http://virginislandsdailynews.com/news/supporters-opponents-of-gay-marriage-rally-in-emancipation-garden-1.1724743

    "Warren said before about three dozen members of One Voice and more than a dozen supporters of the bill."

    So the number of anti-gay protestors was 36. Not 25,000.

    WTF happened to Towleroad? This site has become a goddam trainwreck.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 25, 2014 11:59:16 AM


  8. Scratch that. The article I linked to was a previous meeting planning the rally. The rally itself was held on Sunday and One Voice Virgin Islands has pictures of it on their Facebook page. There are indeed hundreds of people marching.

    It's still not 25,000 though, which was from the Jamaica rally.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 25, 2014 12:11:29 PM


  9. We applaud the people of Jamaica for coming out and taking a stand. We used the Jamaican march as a catalyst to encourage people to come out, because we said, 'Look, Jamaica got close to 25,000 people to come out in support of the traditional family against same-sex marriage'," said Alger Warren, vice-chair of One Voice Virgin Islands (OVVI) and pastor of Faith Christian Fellowship Church Alive in Christ in the USVI.
    Please be a professional journalists

    Posted by: ppp | Aug 25, 2014 12:18:30 PM


  10. "However I guess it's just another bigoted country to add to the list of places not to travel to or spend money in."

    Why, when you acknowledge the facts are questionable, do you arrive at a conclusion anyway?

    This place is not another country. It's part of the U.S. I haven't run into any anti-gay sentiment in nearly three years here.

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 25, 2014 12:19:14 PM


  11. "The Jamaica Gleaner article above mistakenly mentioned the number of attendees at the rally. The post has been updated"

    Uh, no. That's not what happened. You read it wrong.

    It's also a mystery why you continue to source from The Jamaica Gleaner on an event happening in the USVI.

    Posted by: crispy | Aug 25, 2014 12:24:55 PM


  12. "The Jamaica Gleaner article above mistakenly mentioned the number of attendees at the rally. The post has been updated"

    Updated, including removing the link to the article so people wouldn't see that you had simply misread it? Not exactly confidence building.

    Posted by: BobN | Aug 25, 2014 12:34:08 PM


  13. One man/ one woman? What a joke that is. The marriage is legally one man/ one woman. However in reality. Many men/ one woman or one man/ may women or many men/ many women. 90+% of sanctified marriage is plagued with adultery.

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Aug 25, 2014 1:13:05 PM


  14. “like Jamaica, we too are against any kind of buggery being legalised."

    -- Except unlike Jamaica, St. Thomas is not an independent country. It's part of the US. Buggery is legal. Get over it.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 25, 2014 1:15:59 PM


  15. 86% of births in Jamaica are to unwed women. Relatively few people in Jamaica have any experience of marriage.

    Posted by: Fester | Aug 25, 2014 1:46:44 PM


  16. St Croix is overridden with churches and pastors....and poor Afro descendants.

    They are all living on welfare checks....
    I haven't encountered any anti gay feelings yet....when I do I will fight back.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Aug 25, 2014 1:52:02 PM


  17. Cut them loose. Let's see how these bigots survive without subsidies from the mainland.

    Posted by: Merv | Aug 25, 2014 2:34:57 PM




  18. @ "Nothing but primitive savages"

    Don't you dare talk about Southern White Baptist Christians that way. You Yankee heathen.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 25, 2014 2:55:18 PM


  19. They didn't have "hundreds"....it was maybe 200 bigots in attendance. They stayed tightly grouped so the photos are a little deceiving. I know, I was there as part of a pro marriage equality group. Check out Gay Pride VI and Virgin Islands Equality for All - Love is a Terrible Thing to Hate.

    Posted by: Bee | Aug 27, 2014 7:49:27 AM


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