Reuters is reporting that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi is dead, killed by fighters who overran his home in Sirte.
While the political vacuum this could create is worrisome, we’re not exactly teary-eyed over his demise. Aside from oppressing his own people and being involved in the Lockerbie tragedy and other terrorist actions, old Muammy was not exactly a friend to the gays.
Here are some disturbing facts, as raised by The New Civil Rights Movement:
*In the 1990s, Gaddafi enacted purification laws granting Libyan courts the power to use amputation, flogging and other cruel punishments against those violating Islamic tradition. Under Section 407.4 of the Libyan Constitution, homosexuals can be punished by five years imprisonment.
*In 2003, Gaddafi stated it was impossible to contract HIV through unprotected, heterosexual vaginal sex. ”All you have to do is observe the rules. If you are straight, you have nothing to fear from AIDS,” he told leaders at the African Union conference.
*In a 2010, a Libyan girl sought asylum in France after being jailed, raped and forced into an arranged marriage when she announced publicly she was gay.
*Also in 2010, two men were caught having sex and charged with committing indecent acts.
Good riddance and good luck to the people of Libya. Maybe now Gaddafi’s son can watch his gay porn in peace.
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