Video: Anti-gay Harlem Shake video urges Jamaica to ‘keep the buggery law’

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A ‘Harlem Shake’ video has surfaced on YouTube encouraging Jamaican lawmakers to sign a petition to keep the country’s buggery law.

The law currently dictates that anyone caught doing male homosexual acts can be sentenced to 10-years in prison.

The video, which was posted on 9 March, features a group calling themselves the Love March Movement.

In the short clip, members of the group are shown dancing while the song ‘Harlem Shake’ by Baauer plays in the background, in a similar format to many viral videos of the past month.

They are also seen holding up signs saying ‘buggery law’, ‘pedophilia’, ‘zoophilia’, ‘freedom of religion’ and ‘gay marriage’.

In a written statement on the YouTube channel, the President of the Love March Movement, Daniel Thomas encourages viewers to sign a petition supporting the anti-gay law.

He wrote: “The Love March Movement is dedicated to being a persistent voice in the Jamaican media for sexual purity.

“If you are in agreement with the message above please, that the buggery law should be kept, and you are Jamaican and over 18 years old, please contact us so that you can sign the Petition to the Prime Minister.”

His statement also explains the meaning behind all the signs held up in the video clip.

He wrote: “The Buggery Law guides the educational institutions of our nation. It is the law preventing children of all ages from being taught that homosexuality is normal behaviour; this being a serious concern especially for parents that disagree.”

In December 2011, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller promised to review the country’s homophobic legislation.

In October, three people launched legal action against Jamaica due to the country’s continued enforcement of homophobic laws.