Ricky Martin: Religious Leaders Want To Block Artist From Entering Honduras
The Minister of Interior of Honduras says Evangelical and Catholic leaders don’t want Ricky Martin to enter their country because he is openly gay and lives with his partner and their two children…that’s the only reason. Seriously?
An ecumenical group of religious leaders have demanded that the Honduran government deny a visa to Ricky Martin, arguing that he represents a bad moral example for the country’s youth.
The pop star, who is set to perform in the country on Oct. 16 in the Chochi Sosa stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras as part of his Música + Alma + Sexo (MAS) tour, has church leaders scrambling to halt his entrance, reports the Honduran daily El Heraldo.
The Minister of Interior of Honduras, Áfrico Madrid, claims that Evangelical and Catholic leaders have solicited that he deny a visa to Martin in order to “protect the moral and ethical principles of our society.”
Madrid claims that the religious leaders particularly object to Martin’s non-traditional family. “His nuclear family is not the type of family that Honduran society, and laws, approve of.”
Martin came out as a “fortunate homosexual man” March of last year, via his Twitter account. He lives with his partner and his two children.
Despite the Minister’s comments, El Heraldo reports, sources from the Honduran secretary of state’s office say that they have not received any written petitions to deny Ricky Martin entry into the country.