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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. Sure lets spend money on this instead of feeding people, who need to eat , youve robbed from somehow.....that are starving.

    Posted by: Mintyfresh24 | Feb 23, 2012 8:28:52 PM

  2. With the exception of Dianna Ross,Rupaul and Oprah, the majority of blacks in this country and in all black nations are very, very homophobic because of their interpretation of Christ's supposed teachings. I don't think you will find a gay friendly place anywhere in Africa with the exception of South Africa, where there are still a significant number of whites at the top of the social ladder.Hate to say it but its true. It was the black churches that defeated Prop 8 in California.

    Posted by: John | Feb 23, 2012 9:59:42 PM

  3. Thank you Sol for the clarification - it's an important one. This is the woman married to the warlord indicted by the Hague. Ville people. She thinks that because her husband's murderous work was cut-short by his arrest, she needs to pick up where he left off?

    With that said, though, why hasn't the current President weighed in here?

    And while we're at it - we need an International LGBT organization that will actually start stirring-up grass-roots resistance on the ground. People are being killed already anyway - why not make a difference?

    Posted by: Ted | Feb 24, 2012 10:16:07 AM

  4. What can anyone expect from a woman who married a convicted war criminal that drove his state into the dark ages. Birds of a feather...marry each other.

    Posted by: mododavidmododavid | Feb 24, 2012 7:51:53 PM

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