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Dominican Government Refuses To Recognize Gay Wedding That Took Place at British Embassy

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Just days after the British Embassy in the Dominican Republic helped a gay couple wed, Dominican officials have stated that the marriage will not be legally recognized in the country. The unnamed coupled were married on the the embassy’s grounds, which allowed them to bypass the Dominican Republic’s current laws that don't allow same-sex marriage. Though the marriage technically took place on British land, the embassy lauded it as being the first legally recognized same-sex union to take place on the island.

"Our legislation does not recognize this type of marriage," a spokesman for the Dominican Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Last June the United Kingdom announce that gay couples would be able to marry at 25 consulates around the world including Vietnam, Serbia, and the Dominican Republic. Representatives from the embassy assured the public that they would continue to perform gay weddings in the future, regardless of the Dominican government’s protestations.


British Embassy Plays Integral Role In The Dominican Republic's First Gay Marriage

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Although same-sex marriage is illegal in the Dominican Republic, the British embassy in Santo Domingo stepped in to provide a legal loophole for a local gay couple, allowing them to tie the knot in time for the New Year.

According to British officials, the embassy was able to legally wed the couple, an unidentified British man and his Dominican partner, thanks to provisions agreed upon in the Vienna Convention. The unique union represents the first legally recognized same sex marriage to take place on the conservative island nation.


Prominent LGBT Attorney From D.C. Killed In Dominican Republic: VIDEO

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The Washington Blade is reporting the shocking story of the Halloween-eve murder of a well-known and highly respected D.C. defense lawyer. Van Teasley, 55, headed to the Dominican Republic last Thursday for a long weekend and was found dead in his own apartment on October 30th, bound and gagged with no sign of forced entry. There have been no arrests or suspects in the case but local police in Santo Domingo are still investigating.

Back at home, Teasley often represented low-income and LGBT clients and was a regular presence at Washigton's Superior Court building. Local affiliate NBC 4 did a piece on Teasley's murder, saying that he visited his second home in Santo Domingo regularly, sometimes as often as once a month. His cousin speculated that Teasley may have grown "too comfortable" in a country known for religious intolerance when it comes to gay issues.

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Miley Cyrus Banned From Dominican Republic for 'Promoting Lesbian Sex'

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The National Commission for Public Performances in the Dominican Republic announced yesterday that they would be banning a Miley Cyrus concert next month on morality grounds.

Blabbeando reports:

"The National Commission for Public Performances in the exercise of the powers given by the Constitution of the Republic through Regulation 824 of Law Number 1951Article 4306 - the purpose of which is to prevent public performances that offend the morals, good customs and relationship between friendly countries - imposes this ban based on Miley Cyrus' common engagement in acts during her concerts that defy morals and customs in ways usually penalized by Dominican law," a statement reads.

They add that Cyrus "uses inadequate attire, corrupts language, uses perverse imagery and phrasing, uses phrases with double meanings, glorifies crime, violence and denigrating acts against civility and promotes sex, lesbian sex and the use of inadequate objects in public."

Although homosexuality is not illegal in the Dominican Republic, the country is culturally conservative and overwhelmingly Catholic. 

Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, a Catholic Cardinal from the Carribean nation who has previously referred to openly gay U.S. Ambassador James “Wally” Brewster as a maricón (Spanish slur for “faggot”), has repeatedly voiced his opposition to gay rights and gay people in general.


Dominican Cardinal Tells U.S. Ambassador to ‘Take His Gay Pride Elsewhere’

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Nicolás de Jesús López Rodríguez, a Catholic Cardinal from the Dominican Republic who has previously referred to U.S. Ambassador James “Wally” Brewster as a maricón (Spanish slur for “faggot”), is again voicing his displeasure with the idea of an openly gay man serving as ambassador to his Caribbean nation.

Dominican Today reports:

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodríguez on Thursday again railed against the openly gay U.S. Ambassador, asking James Brewster to "take his pride elsewhere," and reminded him that diplomacy is used to promote relations, moral values, trade agreements and mutual cooperation among the world's countries.

"Diplomacy is not for that sort of thing, an absolutely negative propaganda," the Archbishop of Santo Domingo told reporters who asked about a video released by the U.S. Embassy, where Brewster and his husband Bob Satawake promote the celebration of "Gay Pride Month” in June.

The cardinal spoke after heading a mass to mark Corpus Christi in San Antonio parish, in the Gazcue sector.

"I am totally against that, everybody knows it, my position is not new, not because this man with this kind of attitude has now arrived."

When Brewster was first nominated last year, a group of conservative Dominican Republic religious leaders organized a 'black armband' protest against what was seen as an "insult to good Dominican customs"


U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and his Husband Make Powerful 'LGBT Pride' Video: WATCH

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James "Wally" Brewster, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and his husband Bob Satawake appear in a video celebrating LGBT Pride month, sent out on Brewster's Twitter account this morning, Blabbeando reports:

Since his nomination to the diplomatic post Brewster has weathered constant attacks from conservative and religious fundamentalist in the United States and the Dominican Republic and, in response, he has not shied away from engaging those attacks head on with dignity and, as this powerful video shows, strength.

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