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Judge Refuses to Hear Case of Malawi Gay Couple

A Malawi judge today refused to hear the case of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who have been jailed since late December on charges of "gross indecency" after holding an engagement ceremony, meaning the couple must remain in prison until March 22, when they will learn their fate:

Malawicouple  The Independent reports:

"Their lawyer, Mauya Msuku, appealed in January to the constitutional court, arguing that the law used against them violated their constitutional rights to privacy, belief and self-expression. Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo said the case was a simple criminal proceeding. 'There are no elements in the case that relate to the interpretation or application of the constitution,' Munlo said in his ruling. He said the proceedings 'deal with criminal offences under the penal code, namely the offence of buggery and indecent practices'."

The couple faces up to 14 years in prison and hard labor.

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  1. This story -- and the accompanying photo, showing a couple in love handcuffed, humiliated, and threatened -- brings tears to my eyes. It is simply an accident of birth that we live in North America and not in a hell hole like Malawi or Uganda. We must count our blessings. My love and thoughts to these brave men, and I hope that one day the savages in that country become civilized.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Feb 23, 2010 2:32:41 PM


  2. @ANDY TOWLE: thanks for not only covering stories like this, but unlike the A.D.D. mainstream media, actually following up afterwards. The work you do at Towleroad is important, thank you.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Feb 23, 2010 2:36:47 PM


  3. Thank you Andy (I came in to post, but Strepsi said it better, and earlier, in both posts).

    Hugs to Strepsi, and god help and bless this poor couple.

    Posted by: zeta | Feb 23, 2010 3:23:17 PM


  4. The treatment of this transgender couple in Malawi is nothing short of vile. I thank the Deity we do not have to deal with laws and a legal system like the one they have to endure but remind myself that this kind of system is what the guanoloco anti-gay groups would like to impose on this country.

    We can't let them get away with it.

    Posted by: Emelye Waldherr | Feb 23, 2010 4:04:09 PM


  5. I have been following this story with great distress. Is there somewhere where we can place our support that is in turn able to support Steven and Tiwonge? I so very much want them to know they are not alone and not forgotten.

    Posted by: KJ | Feb 23, 2010 4:05:58 PM


  6. This is a tragic photo. Is this not where Madonna is building her famous school for girls? Perhaps she can put her money where her mouth is and help somehow.

    Posted by: Clive | Feb 24, 2010 5:14:34 AM


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