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UN condemns hatred, violence against gays in Haiti


The United Nations mission in Haiti is condemning acts of hatred and violence aimed at homosexuals in the Caribbean nation.

   The statement comes after a gay couple was recently attacked at an engagement party. People threw stones and burned cars.

   More than a thousand people showed up for a demonstration last month in the capital to protest homosexuality and a proposal to legalize gay marriage in Haiti.

   Gay advocacy groups say they've been the target of threats and harassment.

   Haiti's gay and lesbian community is small and has long kept a low-profile because of a strong social stigma that sparks fears of physical violence and loss of employment.

   The U.N. issued the statement Monday.

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