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Gambia To Toughen Anti-gay Laws By Banning All LGBT Rights Organizations and Advocacy

Momodou SaballyIn a statement to the press on Friday, Gambia’s Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally announced legislation to further toughen anti-LGBT laws in the West African nation by banning all LGBT rights advocacy.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Gambia and can be punished with up to 14 years in prison.  

Sabally said the government plans to strengthen its efforts to ward off any attempt to promote homosexuality, drug abuse and other crimes in The Gambia and that his country "will not import any western culture into the country in exchange for foreign aid" - likely in reference to the U.S. recently imposing a series of sanctions on Uganda over the country's own anti-gay laws.

In the past, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has been outspoken about his hatred of gays - announcing his plans back in 2008 to 'cut off the head' of any homosexual caught in his country. 

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  1. All aid to that dump must stop.

    Civilised countries have no obligation to 3rd world beggars who decide to persecute entire groups of people.

    Gambia needs a nice famine.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 25, 2014 10:32:13 AM

  2. And how many US evangelicals have been racking up frequent flier miles advising Gambian officials?

    You know, maybe the xtofacists should move to Africa, but oh yeah, black people.

    Posted by: Qj201 | Jun 25, 2014 10:36:34 AM

  3. Savages in suits are still SAVAGES none the less!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Jun 25, 2014 10:41:21 AM

  4. I'm trying to remember the last time I thought of Gambia and its contributions to world knowledge and culture. People who accept aid money from the "evil West" don't get to negotiate terms.

    Posted by: Josh M. | Jun 25, 2014 10:46:54 AM

  5. They're heading towards the ash-heap of history.


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 25, 2014 11:16:49 AM

  6. Yet another country we in the first world should stop propping up. Stop buying their nuts

    Posted by: Christopher King | Jun 25, 2014 11:33:48 AM

  7. @MARYM Gee, that sure was christian of you. Love your new stupidity-do, too. You wear it very well.

    Sit down and shut up.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 25, 2014 12:14:22 PM

  8. let that cesspool of a continent rot in their own ignorance. They want to be bigots in the name of some god then let them pray for aid and see what this disembodied consciousness gives them. Religion makes people stupid while providing them with a reason to hate. Africa has problems and gay citizens are not on the list.

    Posted by: Terry | Jun 25, 2014 12:31:06 PM

  9. How come anti-gay people of color have racism directed towards them, but white anti-gay people don't?

    Posted by: Herewegoagain | Jun 25, 2014 1:03:29 PM

  10. Jamal49 - yes it was christian of me wasn't it. Wishing harm and despair onto people is a very christian value after all.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jun 25, 2014 1:03:49 PM

  11. Well there goes my holiday in Gambia.

    Posted by: Andy | Jun 25, 2014 1:03:53 PM

  12. Are Africans really that stupid?
    Do they even have an education system in Africa?
    They always look and sound like subhuman animals?
    I hope their GAWD gives them peace in their blind hatred of others and the evil 'West'. :) LOL.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jun 25, 2014 1:36:46 PM

    And I noticed that when someone says something racist against white people you have nothing to say, funny that. Below are just a few out the over 10,000 results I got by doing a simple query search on towleroad

    Posted by: REALLY | Jun 25, 2014 1:39:28 PM

  14. And to be clear let me call out people SFSHAWN and his "subhuman animals" remark.

    F U Shawn, change you name to STD-Shawn I'm sure it'll fit better.

    Posted by: REALLY | Jun 25, 2014 1:46:06 PM

  15. SFSHAWN,

    Thank you for your racism. It certainly shows us how vile and hypocritical you are. Your willingness to cast aspersions on an continent of people and then dehumanize them helps us to understand how pathetic you are.

    Russia and other Eastern European countries have equally harsh anti-gay laws. WHITE American evangelical Christians have led the charge to implement anti-gay policies and laws in Africa. They provide framework, moral encouragement, and financial assistance.

    People like you ignore the fact that LGBT people in the U.S. still can be fired from their jobs and denied housing. You ignore the religious persecution of gays that still occurs. You ignore the fact that one of two major U.S. political parties uses anti-gay rhetoric and laws to divide and conquer the electorate.

    But hey, why think of facts? So, screw you and your evil racism.

    Posted by: Marshall | Jun 25, 2014 1:51:13 PM

  16. Really

    Why are you racist towards people of color? It's obvious.

    Posted by: Herewegoagain | Jun 25, 2014 3:35:45 PM

  17. Nazi savages

    Posted by: Sean | Jun 25, 2014 4:22:58 PM

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