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Dominican religious groups reject gay U.S. ambassador nominee: 'He'll suffer and will be forced to leave'

BY EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Religious groups in the Dominican Republic said Friday they are outraged by the nomination of a gay U.S. ambassador to the conservative Caribbean country.

James "Wally" Brewster would be the seventh U.S. ambassador in history to be openly gay, but opponents are asking the administration of Dominican President Danilo Medina to reject his nomination.

Rev. Cristobal Cardozo, leader of the Dominican Evangelical Fraternity, said he worried about the message that Brewster's presence might send.

"It's an insult to good Dominican customs," he said.

Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez, president of the Conference of the Dominican Episcopate, echoed similar sentiments.

"You can expect anything from the U.S.," said Lopez, who is also the archbishop of Santo Domingo.

Meanwhile, Vicar Pablo Cedano criticized the nomination as "a lack of respect, of consideration, that they send us that kind of person as ambassador."

"If he arrives, he'll suffer and will be forced to leave," Cedano warned, without elaborating.

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The nomination of a gay man is an "insult to good Dominican customs." I guess those customs include religious bigotry. Luckily, this handful of leaders doesn't speak for the population as a whole.

Who cares....

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