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Liberian First Lady Jewel Taylor Submits Bill to Make Homosexuality a Felony with 10-Year Prison Term

Liberia's Senate is set to consider a hideous anti-homosexuality bill today, the AP reports:

TaylorLiberia’s former first lady, Senator Jewel Taylor, submitted a bill last week that would prohibit same-sex marriage and make homosexuality a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

“We are only strengthening the existing law,” she said. “Some media are reporting that I said anyone found guilty of involvement in same sex should face the death penalty, I did not say so, I am calling for a law that will make it a first degree felony,” she told the Associated Press.

The current law considers gay relationships a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a punishment of up to a year in prison.

Meanwhile in Cameroon, the AP adds, 10 women have been arrested under suspicion that they are lesbians:

Consensual same-gender sex is considered criminal in Cameroon and punishable by a jail sentence from six months to five years and a fine. Gay rights defender and founder of the Association for the Defense of Homosexuals, Alice Nkom, says detainees in Cameroon are frequently tortured in police stations to force them confess.

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  1. Yet another straight woman who is a "friend of gays." As in Uganda, it appears that the real behind-the-scenes impetus for anti-gay legislative action comes from straight women either pressuring their husbands or acting of their own accord.....and I suspect one would find the same phenomenon across Africa.

    Posted by: Rick | Feb 23, 2012 11:59:20 AM

  2. Tell you what Jewel, your collegues need to submit a bill making it a felony for those who are of the black race punishable by life in prison.

    Howz that toots?

    Posted by: OS2guy | Feb 23, 2012 12:03:06 PM

  3. Okay, let's be clear here. Jewel Taylor is the former First Lady not the current one. The current President of Liberia is a woman named Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Jewel Taylor's ex-husband is the murderous, genocidal, former President Charles Taylor who is on trial at the Hague for crimes against humanity.

    Posted by: Sol Muser | Feb 23, 2012 12:12:25 PM

  4. Just another ignorant and bigoted angry political woman who can't get laid legislating imprisonment seeking to destroy others lives and loves because her little dirt god made her so miserably ugly inside and out!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Feb 23, 2012 12:22:10 PM

  5. Christianity should never have been introduced in Africa.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 23, 2012 12:22:35 PM

  6. Gee, Jewel, thanks for clearing all that up. You're still an ignorant b****.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Feb 23, 2012 12:25:59 PM

  7. Ive said it before if you are LBGT living in Africa apply for political asylum in the US....

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 23, 2012 12:27:52 PM

  8. Exactly how the Holocaust started.

    Isn't that the most convenient way to get rid of your political opponents?

    I truly believe that bastardized Christianity is the worst thing ever happened to Africa.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Feb 23, 2012 12:35:25 PM

  9. Sol is absolutely correct. That headline is wrong.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 23, 2012 12:55:57 PM

  10. Jewel Taylor - future RuPaul Drag Race contestant

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 23, 2012 1:01:14 PM

  11. Yes, that is the Africa I know......BACKWARD!

    Posted by: Brains | Feb 23, 2012 1:10:58 PM

  12. want to criminalize homosexuality in your African backwater? okay. we should immediately cut off all of your foreign aid.

    Posted by: Johnn | Feb 23, 2012 1:11:43 PM

  13. well this makes sense considering that the biggest issue in Liberia is CLEARLY LGBT couples.

    i mean, it's just like in Jamaica. These places have a wonderful political climate, little to no poverty, NO crime whatsoever and everything is literally Utopic - with the exception of those "gay people" who dare to be in relationships with one another.



    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 23, 2012 1:19:50 PM

  14. Girl's gotta have a scapegoat, KIWI. Or a distraction...

    Posted by: TJ | Feb 23, 2012 1:39:29 PM

  15. I hope someone introduces a bill that makes ugly and fat punishable with a 10 year prison sentence!

    Posted by: LaShawn | Feb 23, 2012 1:47:00 PM


    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 23, 2012 1:48:17 PM

  17. in every country around the world one thing remains the same - politicians who resort to anti-gay laws and ordinances are doing so because they want to distract the country's idiots away from the real and pressing issues.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 23, 2012 1:55:26 PM

  18. I hope she gets her black pussy blown apart with a nice load of TNT!

    Posted by: Robert Cadalso | Feb 23, 2012 2:33:04 PM

  19. So when are they submitting the bill to change the country's name from "Liberia"?

    Posted by: SCollingsworth | Feb 23, 2012 3:17:06 PM

  20. Liberia has a decent president who is quite bright. The former leader was not.

    My mother has volunteered there twice. Please try to resist from making stupid, racist, ignorant comments.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 23, 2012 3:37:42 PM

  21. FORMER first lady, please.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 23, 2012 3:43:18 PM

  22. Hello! What's a lesbian First Lady doing criminalizing homosexuality?

    Posted by: parkrunner | Feb 23, 2012 4:11:58 PM

  23. I see the contest for "Most Ruthlessly Anti-Gay African Nation" is still in progess...

    Posted by: KZ | Feb 23, 2012 5:00:50 PM

  24. Paul R, you obviously don't know that the the misgnostic racist commenters come out of the woodwork for any post where a person of the color is the homophobe, but stay unbelieavbly silent on the posts where that person is white. It's just another day on this site. Sorry. Best you can do is just ignore the trolls.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Feb 23, 2012 7:36:48 PM

  25. Liberia is a joke. It is a failed state that is marching full speed into the 8th century.

    Posted by: jack | Feb 23, 2012 8:26:58 PM

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