Religious groups in the Dominican Republic are outraged by the nomination of a gay US ambassador to their conservative country.
James "Wally" Brewster would be the seventh US ambassador in history to be openly gay, but opponents are asking Dominican President Danilo Medina's administration to reject his nomination.
Reverend Cristobal Cardozo, leader of the Dominican Evangelical Fraternity, said he was 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 US," said Lopez, who is the archbishop of Santo Domingo.
Meanwhile, Vicar Pablo Cedano criticised 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.
Gay and lesbian activists condemned the outrage, saying the words were filled with hate.
Medina's administration officials declined to comment.
Brewster is a senior managing partner for the Chicago consulting firm SB&K Global.