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Malawi's President Vows to Repeal Ban on Homosexual Acts

Malawi's new President Joyce Banda says she will take steps to alleviate oppression of gays and lesbians in that country, vowing to repeal a ban on homosexual acts, the AP reports:

BandaPresident Joyce Banda’s announcement during her first state of the nation address Friday is one of several steps she has taken that break with the administration of her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, who died in office in April.

Malawi had faced international condemnation for the conviction and 14-year prison sentences given to two men in 2010, who had been arrested after celebrating their engagement and were charged with unnatural acts and gross indecency.

In 2010, Mutharika officially pardoned Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple who had been sentenced to 14 years of hard labor under sodomy and indecency laws. You may remember that they were originally arrested after holding a public wedding ceremony in December 2009.

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  1. Step in the right direction for gays in Malawi and hopefully all over Africa. Tough given the strictly conservative culture.

    Posted by: John | May 18, 2012 10:03:18 AM


  2. Sherro, you're ugly inside.

    Posted by: Paulie | May 18, 2012 11:18:28 AM


  3. Well, Sherro and his ilk have to say something, as there's been precious little good news for the racists lately. In the last few days we've had nothing but positive movement from boxers, musicians and politicians of color. What's a racist to do?

    Posted by: Brian | May 18, 2012 11:51:18 AM


  4. Yeah, where are all the voices in support of African leadership now? People seem ready to come out of the woodwork in droves when there's some reason to call people of color "ignorant" or "backwards".

    Posted by: mike128 | May 18, 2012 12:29:24 PM


  5. What an ugly Sherro!

    Posted by: LLeroy Laflamme | May 18, 2012 2:24:18 PM


  6. And now that I've bitchslapped Ugly Sherro, let me just get my jaw up off the floor & applaud this woman!

    Posted by: LLeroy Laflamme | May 18, 2012 2:26:25 PM


  7. It's refreshing to get some good news from Africa. Let's hope her leadership provides an example to others.

    Posted by: Randy | May 18, 2012 2:34:33 PM


  8. Good news from Africa. I like good news from anywhere. But good news from Africa, perhaps because it is so infrequent, is especially welcome.

    I would love to visit Africa but being as I avoid virulently homophobic destinations my choices in Africa are few, South Africa being the big exception. (Having grown up during the fight against apartheid I still find it weird - and wonderful - to be raising a cheer to South Africa.)

    Posted by: Glenn I | May 18, 2012 2:55:59 PM


  9. Inspirational news that can inspire other African nations hopefully.

    Posted by: Michael Went | May 18, 2012 6:12:52 PM


  10. Africa is on the rise and progressive politicians can help lead the way.

    Go Banda!

    Posted by: David R. | May 18, 2012 6:14:42 PM


  11. Well said, @Brian!

    Posted by: Solomon | May 19, 2012 1:34:26 AM


  12. Congratulations and thank you President Banda. This is an important step forward in the struggle for equal rights for our gay brothers and sisters on the African continent.

    Posted by: andrew | May 19, 2012 2:35:43 AM


  13. @LLeroy LaFlamme: Bitchslap him again. Rudeness like Sherro's deserves multiple bitchslaps!!!

    Posted by: andrew | May 19, 2012 2:41:00 AM


  14. Odd, Sherro. I was thinking the opposite. What a beautiful woman, inside and out. Courageous, too! A feminine beacon of light in the midst of the patriarchal darkness that envelopes and oppresses much of the rest of Africa.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 19, 2012 9:48:00 AM


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