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Malawi Minister Now Claims Nation Not Reversing Anti-Gay Laws

MalawigaypaperHuman Rights activists and diplomats the world over congratulated Malawi for saying this week that they suspended homophobic laws and stopped arresting people just for being gay.

"If we continue arresting and prosecuting people based on the said laws and later such laws are found to be unconstitutional it would be an embarrassment to government," Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara said, according to Reuters.

But now Kasambara's claiming he never said that. The LA Times reports that Kasambara told Malawi's Daily Times, "There was no such announcement and there was no discussion about same-sex marriages. Nobody talked about suspension of any provision of the penal code."

So all that talk about Malawi leading the way on LGBT rights in Africa? Forget it. Instead remember that a Malawian gay couple were sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2010 - again, just for being gay. Their picture was run on the front of newspapers all across the country, as seen above.

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  1. This is a country in which the flip flopper Romney would make a good president.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 8, 2012 8:20:21 PM

  2. Fricking savages never should have ended colonial rule obviously was not ready of self rule.

    Posted by: Lee | Nov 8, 2012 8:52:45 PM

  3. can we get Madonna to run some interference there?

    Posted by: MaddM@ | Nov 8, 2012 9:06:56 PM

  4. @Lee: Does your choice of the word "savages" speak to your racism or your anger that LGBT people in Malawi are being persecuted?

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 8, 2012 9:43:38 PM

  5. The anti-gay Christians from America are behind this and if they can not take over America they will take over Africa and set up their Christian dictatorship there and kill everybody they don't like and we know who they don't like.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 9, 2012 12:07:55 AM

  6. When was there ever "talk about Malawi leading the way on LGBT rights in Africa"? Has everyone forgotten that South Africa exists? You know, first-constitutional-protection-of-LGBT-equality, fifth-in-the-world-to-marriage-equality South Africa?

    Posted by: AJ | Nov 9, 2012 6:28:40 AM

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