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Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Denounces Homosexuality

Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who said in October 2011 that he wanted gays protected in a new constitution, is apparently not feeling that way anymore:

TsvangiraiPrime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made a sudden U-turn and denounced homosexuality during a meeting in Harare last night. Addressing MDC-T supporters at Glen View New Hall, Prime Minister Tsvangirai denounced homosexuality and said marriages should be between a man and a woman.

“In the draft Constitution, we said marriage is between a man and a woman and those who want to marry another from the same sex, then they have a problem. Why do you want to sleep with another man?”

Here's what Tsvangirai said in 2011:

"It's a very controversial subject in my part of the world. My attitude is that I hope the constitution will come out with freedom of sexual orientation, for as long as it does not interfere with anybody."

Tsvanfirai received backlash for his remarks, but later stood his ground, saying he refused to throw stones:

“I want to put finality and closure to an issue that has been misinterpreted, the issue of the so-called gay rights. My beliefs on this issue are a matter of public record. My beliefs manifest themselves in my practice. I am a Christian associated with the Methodist church. I am a father. I am a grandfather. I am a family man. I am a Zimbabwean and I know the strong feelings of Zimbabweans about this issue. I have those strong feelings too but in the end, Zimbabweans are making their own Constitution and it is that Constitution which will bind every Zimbabwean. What I refuse to do as a loyal son of God and as a social democrat is to persecute, to judge, to condemn and to vilify people for their own opinions because judgment is a preserve of God the Almighty. The Book of Luke Chapter 6 verse 37: “Do not judge and you will not be judged, do not condemn and you will not be condemned. The Book of John Chapter 8 verse 7: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone… So while I may differ with them, as a Christian and as a social democrat, I refuse to throw a stone at them."

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  1. No surprise here. Black Africans are almost without exception as a group very opposed to homosexuality. The only very small island of tolerance in the whole continent are in the white areas of South Africa. I have a gay friend who is moving to Gambia and I think he's crazy!!!

    Posted by: John | Mar 8, 2013 10:07:23 PM

  2. Of course white gays are going to throw racist slurs (as is too often the case). They conveniently forget the fact that all of these draconian theocracies in Africa were violently and horrifically set in place by white Europeans after ransacking entire nations.

    It's not the black man that you need to fear; it's other white people. The ones who sit at the highest levels of government and deny you your rights, the ones who routinely galvanize into pickets demanding for your deaths and the ones who assault you at bars.

    Posted by: Morty | Mar 8, 2013 11:40:26 PM

  3. Morty,I invite you to go and hug and kiss your boyfriend as you walk down a major street in any city in Africa other than Capetown and Johannesburg. See who is going to be assaulting and even demanding your deaths. Safety for gay men and women in 97% of Africa is 50 years away at best and that is optomistic.

    Posted by: John | Mar 9, 2013 12:13:41 AM

  4. If you are looking for enlightened leadership, on the social issues, on the African Continent, make sure you take a magnifying glass.

    Posted by: andrew | Mar 9, 2013 1:11:22 AM

  5. I live in Kenya and I kind of get where the PM is coming from. In most African countries, being gay is such a great taboo that gay marriage sounds like a whimsical notion from the west!
    This is country where a gay man went for treatment for anal warts and the nurse called in her fellow nurses to look at the 'shoga'-deragotary term for gay.
    Most leaders don't even acknowledge the existence of gay men, the fact that he even mentions them without saying they should be killed or something is progress for Africa.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 9, 2013 6:10:39 AM

  6. an opportunistic who is tryin his luck,,,,,he thot if he does like wat Obama said then he wil win e hearts of thoz gays,,alas to no avail,,he is turning arnd to mke fools of thoz idiots who only luks forward for a change with no reason for that change,,,zimbabwe has been declared a christian country thus anything that is inhuman and affects e faith of e true zimbabweans is a non starter thing,we want democracy but not a idiocy

    Posted by: emm | Mar 11, 2013 11:49:08 AM

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