Friday, January 8, 2010

Marriage in Malawi "indecent"?

From the BBC:
Two gay men arrested in Malawi after getting engaged have pleaded not guilty to charges of gross public indecency.

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza appeared at a packed court in Malawi's biggest city Blantyre, where they will ask for bail....

The pair held a traditional engagement ceremony over the weekend - believed to be the first gay couple in Malawi to start the process of getting married.

Homosexual acts carry a maximum prison sentence of 14 years in Malawi.
So they have been beaten and abused in prison. Now, the Times reports:
Since they became the first openly gay couple in Malawi to be engaged, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza have been arrested, put in prison and charged with offences that could lead to a 14-year jail sentence.

Between true love and gay martyrdom, however, is the brutal reality of life in a Malawi prison. Yesterday, in their first interview since being jailed, the pair claimed that they had been beaten in prison, and demanded to go to court to prove their innocence.
and the Advocate adds
The Guardian reports that Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza could face 14 years in prison if the government concludes they consummated their relationship — gay acts are illegal in Malawi.
Simply BEING GAY is an imprisonable offence in parts of Africa. The marriage equality sticker on my computer is enough to get me a jail sentence in Uganda. We owe our GLBT brothers and sisters there every support just to live free lives.

1 comment:

Jonathan Holbert said...

Bigots in this country think LGBT people have it good over here.

It’s as if they say, “We don’t kill homosexuals, even though it says we must in the Bible, so it’s obvious homosexuals want special rights. They should be happy we love them, and only hate the sin.”

I think that about sums it up.