Haiti Senate votes to ban gay marriage

The Haiti senate has voted to not only criminalise gay marriage, but also any public demonstration of support for homosexuality. The approved bill, which is yet to be signed into law, states that parties, co-parties and accomplices of a homosexual marriage can be punished by three years in prison and a fine of about USD 8,000. The bill also criminalises “any public demonstration of support for homosexuality and proselytizing in favour of such acts.” The ambiguous wordings of the bill have raised concerns about the impact that such a law may have on the rights of homosexual persons in Haiti.