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Liberia: Senate votes to criminalise gay marriages

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  1. ‘For the love of liberty’?

    Another African state taking a step backwards.

    1. That There Other David 23 Jul 2012, 1:24pm

      Incredible isn’t it?

      The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here*

      …and all without any sense of how pathetic it makes them look.

      Oh well, that’s more foreign aid money the UK just saved.

      * (except for people that are a bit different)

  2. Cardinal Capone 23 Jul 2012, 12:43pm

    I thought that a previous report on pink news had said that the president was going to decriminalise homosexuality?

    1. Maybe you’re thinking of President Joyce Banda of Malawi? Wasn’t it reported a month or two back that she intended to decriminalise homosexuality?

      1. No, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf too got caught out a couple of months ago and was cornered into confirming that she wouldn’t further criminalise homosexuality – as it says at the bottom of the article.

        1. Maybe President Johnson Sirleaf will still veto this bill, and prove that she meant what she said. Let’s hope so.

  3. Good luck, Africa. You’re going to need it.

  4. “We like ourselves just the way we are.”
    Yeah, taking hundreds of millions in Aid. Stone age losers.

  5. ‘…there are people who are homosexual that continue to do whatever they want to do … people of the same sex under our law should not be allowed to get married.’

    So they can do whatever they want to do except get married, eh Mrs Charles [warlord] Taylor? They don’t seem to have taught you logic at law school.

    1. or have sex because they will be put into prison.

  6. Robert in S. Kensington 23 Jul 2012, 1:44pm

    Sounds like the Christian Institute/C4M and Tory backbenchers’ agenda if they could get their way.

    At least Liberia is one place that was never a British colony so they can’t blame that on our legacy, as lame as it is.

  7. Omar Kuddus 23 Jul 2012, 2:31pm

    I have a petition running that asks that Liberia stop discriminating and persecuting LGBTs and that under no circumstance does President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf approve or sign into law, the “Anti-Gay Bill “.
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/161/339/966/stop-the-liberia-anti-gay-bill/
    Please sign and share this.

  8. Liberia was founded by former slaves, so it’s particularly ironic that the government wishes to deny freedom to gay people.

    1. I should not have said the government of Liberia wishes to deny freedom to gay people, it’s the Senate of Liberia. The President can veto this Bill and hopefully she’ll do so given she recently promised not to pass any discriminatory laws.

  9. No more international aid for you then Liberia. And don’t think it won’t happen – it will.

  10. So she says: “We’ve got certain traditional values in our society that we would like to preserve.” Well, so far as I can recall, Liberian values of the last 20 years have been murder, rape, mutilation and the recruitment of chikld soldiers to kill their families. A pretty noble “tradtion.” how endearingly African it all is…

  11. “Liberty” is mocked by these people. Always suspicious of countries and parties that brandish the words “Liberty” “Freedom” it usually means they really believe in the opposite.

  12. Paddyswurds 23 Jul 2012, 4:48pm

    How ironic given this hell holes name, Liberia…….

  13. Mister Fister 23 Jul 2012, 4:59pm

    Isn’t this nation the one that was formed by slaves freed in the USA? Some people never learn.

  14. Paddyswurds 23 Jul 2012, 5:41pm

    Is anyone else having the problem where one has to post a second comment on a thread in order to see the first? GRRRRRRR!!!!!!! Soon as I post this my first comment will reappear

    1. Try refreshing once you’ve posted a comment, Paddy, that works for me.

  15. Surprise —- not! Africa is disgustingly backwards. Religion is disgusting! I don’t know how the hell Liberia is allowed to receive foreign aid from anyone, or be in the UN or any organization. There’s no “value” in homosexual sex and/or same sex marriage being illegal.

    1. All the LGB people there need to get out

      1. Easier said than done!

        1. I never said it was easy dude. I’m just saying they should work on getting out of there.

          It would be much easier if African (esp religious) countries would stop being so backwards

          1. I know where you’re coming from Lumi, but it would also be easier if people from the US Bible Belt didn’t pour their ill-gotten gains into promoting these toxic attitudes in Africa. Let’s not pretend that the USA itself is free from these backwards attitudes.

          2. But how do they get out of there? What if they have no means to do it? What if they don’t want to be pushed out of their home and live elsewhere? It’s easy for us to make judgements and give opinions, it’s quite another to be in a situation like this.

  16. auntie babs 26 Jul 2012, 12:25pm

    This is the wife of the former president who has just been found guilty of heinious war crimes against humanity…..so, how exactly does this qualify her passing judgement on whom anybody else is allowed to marry?

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