Right now, it’s just a mere misdemeanor to be gay in Liberia, thanks to the government powers in its capital, Monrovia (right). If you get caught in a gay relationship, you can face up to a year in prison.
Now the AP reports that Liberian Senator Jewel Taylor, herself the former First Lady, is introducing a bill that would ban gay marriage and make homosexuality a first-degree felony, carrying jail sentences of up to 10 years. She’s like the opposite of Hillary Clinton.
Speaking of which: we’re sure Hil-dawg’s unapologetic championing of gay rights as human rights on the international level will have something to say about this.
Thankfully, Liberia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has said she will not sign any anti-gay bill into law.
Photo via Jonathan Harrison