Target: Dominican Catholic Protestors
Goal: Condemn Dominican Catholics’ refusal to accept even the possibility of allowing a gay U.S. Ambassador
President Obama recently nominated James ‘Wally’ Brewster as the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic. James Brewster is openly gay, and there is a lot of opposition to him being nominated. James Brewster is a former fundraiser and has worked with the Democratic National Convention. In the Dominican Republic, many Catholic leaders are prejudice towards James Brewster due to his sexual orientation.
The Dominican Catholics decided to create a ‘Black Monday’ in order to protest the nomination of the gay ambassador. ‘Black Monday’ consisted of religious Dominicans to dress in all black to express their disapproval. They also could express it by wearing a black arm band or have a black banner on their car. An anti-gay slur was used against him when he was nominated. The slur was said by a Catholic cardinal who intended to say that President Obama disrespected the Dominican Republic by nominating a gay ambassador.
The Dominican Embassy in the Washington DC is supportive of President Obama’s nomination. A statement made by the Embassy said that it does not matter what the nominee’s sexual orientation is. The Dominican Embassy looks forward to the Senate’s confirmation of Brewster.
It does not matter what a person’s sexual orientation is. His homosexuality would not change his work as ambassador if he is appointed. The ‘Black Monday’ creation was offensive and wrong. Condemn ‘Black Monday’ by signing the petition below.
Dear Dominican Catholics,
Your creation of the ‘Black Monday’ was a very prejudice thing to do. It gives your country a bad image, and that was not your intention. Protesting the nomination of an openly gay ambassador to your country shows that people like you are holding the Dominican Republic back from progressing in the area of equality.
James Brewster is fully qualified to become your ambassador and the Senate will soon vote on his qualification. The Dominican Embassy in the United States even supports his confirmation. The statement issued expressed that your Embassy does not care what the sexual orientation of the ambassador may be.
Having people wear black to protest the nomination of an openly gay ambassador to your country is discriminative and wrong. It does not matter what his sexual orientation is because that would not impact his performance as your ambassador. James Brewster deserves to be treated with respect, not to be protested against publicly because of something he cannot change. Being gay is not wrong, and it definitely does not matter whether the ambassador to your country is gay or not.
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