The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica has been flying the rainbow flag honoring the LGBT movement. But that clearly doesn't settle well with many residents of Jamaica. In the latest demonstration at the Embassy, one of the leaders – Daniel Thomas of the Love March Movement – demanded respect for Jamaican culture.
"The U.S. Embassy continental flag, the LBGT flag – the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender flag – is in breach of the Vienna Convention: Articles 31c, Article 20 and Article 41, alright? They are being hostile towards our laws, our culture and our own democratic system," Thomas stated.
"Instead of flying the Jamaican flag of independence, they have decided to fly [the pride flag] – and that is an insult to our country."
In a tweeted video, Philippa Davies of the Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society said the flag flies in the face of Christians in Jamaica.
"You have to understand what that multi-color flag represents," she explained. "It represents normalizing perverse sexual behaviors and lifestyle choices … that lead to disease and death. Our Christian duty is to speak the truth in love."
So far, there's been no response from the Embassy or the U.S. State Department. Demonstrators have been at the Embassy since the flag went up and say they will remain until it is taken down.
The Love March Movement is a youth Christian organization for sexual purity and the family. The Jamaican Coalition for a Healthy Society advocates for Judeo-Christian values that nourish and enrich all aspects of society.