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Malawi suspends anti-gay laws

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  1. Good news.

    However until the law is repealed in full then not a single penny of British taxpayers’ money should be given to Malawi.

    1. It’s a pity some of that aid money can’t be used to fund more education about LGBT people in Malawi. Some anti-gay views are motivated by hate but lots are caused by ignorance (and not just in Malawi).

      1. It would be out-spent by the hate-churches. The attorney-general’s remarks indicate the best way out of the mess, if the government backs him.

  2. Garry Cassell 5 Nov 2012, 4:09pm

    NO Aid money from any country until those hatefilled supposed leaders change their ways and motives…

  3. That Matt 5 Nov 2012, 4:24pm

    Joyce “not ready” Banda should have been the one to say this. But it’s nice to see progress in an area where LGBT people have such little hope.

  4. That Matt 5 Nov 2012, 4:53pm

    It’s a shame that Joyce “Not Ready” Banda couldn’t do this herself, but it’s great to see progress being made in a country with so little.

    1. That Matt 5 Nov 2012, 4:53pm

      Whoops, double-posted due to my comment not appearing.

  5. I think in a sense, Joyce is right – Malawi probably isn’t ‘ready’ to tackle the issue, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t tackle it, of course. Joyce needs to show some real leadership, and this is a tiny but significant first step that has been taken for her…

  6. It’s a good step. I volunteered there last May building houses, and the country is very poor. The religious institutions are very prevalent and as we know, they’re good at getting the anti-gay message out there. It will be a struggle for Joyce to overcome this, legally and perhaps personally as well. I hope she can. The UK foreign aid is buying us a lot of influence though, let’s hope it works!

  7. I guess this is a cautious but welcome first move

  8. AngkorBiz 6 Nov 2012, 1:11am

    Also a cautious but welcome first move from me. It’s about doing the right thing. Pure and simple. Banning church interference would be the next!

  9. GingerlyColors 6 Nov 2012, 7:05am

    Positive noises are coming out of Malawi but we must not count our chickens before they hatch. The law in Malawi states that: “Section 153 prohibits “unnatural offences”. Section 156 concerning “public decency” is used to punish homosexual acts.” Note that the operative word under Section 156 is “public”. Surely if a sexual act took place in private then there is no cause for prosecution. Here in the UK anybody committing having sex in public, gay or straight can expect to be arrested. As for Section 153 prohibiting “unnatural” offences, again it should not include gay sex. Homosexuality can be found in the local wildlife, everything from antelopes to zebras so therefore it is perfectly natural. Malawi law on the issue is contradictory and therefore there is a good reason to scrap it, not just suspend it.

  10. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 6 Nov 2012, 11:27pm

    The law should be REPEALED and not just suspended!

    That just means the horrible, nasty, hateful, outdated British Colonial law is still on the books!

  11. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 6 Nov 2012, 11:31pm

    The current 77 countries that currently have anti-gay sex laws or sodomy laws should have all financial aid to them completely stopped and also further trading sanctions with these countries should work as well for breaching universal human rights!

  12. We need to celebrate ANY achievement in Africa or the Mid East guys, no matter how simple it seems we need to encourage them.

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