For those who think that the DR is just a model of Gay tolerance, here is what the Cardinal of the country had to say:
Cardinal Nicolas Lopez Rodriguez demanded that "authority be imposed" in the Santo Domingo's colonial zone and called for the expulsion of homosexuals because "that sort of social vice is not needed in this historical city", as reported by Listin Diario. "There is nothing for homosexuals here. They should stay in Europe or the United States. We don't need that social vice, we don't need them. I understand that this country should make a show of taking them all out of here", said the outspoken Roman Catholic Church leader. "We cannot allow this place, the historical center of Santo Domingo, to be taken over by foreign and Dominican degenerates", added Lopez Rodriguez.
Now, the Cardinal regularly targets Gays and no one will come out and say anything against him. He is that powerful here. So, again, when visiting please take into account that this country is tolerant to a certain degree, but don't lose sight of the fact that it is still very conservative and Catholic when it comes to Gays.
(This was reprinted from www.dr1.com. The article originally ran in Listin Diario)