Malawi’s Married Gay Couple Arrested, Face 14 Years in Jail

Well that didn’t take long: Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, the two Malawian men who got married in a ceremonial wedding have been arrested on charges of gross public indecency. Courtesy a law that criminalizes homosexuality, they face up to 14 years in prison. Raise your hand if you think the State Department will make an attempt to get involved.

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  • ChrisM

    These countries are ridiculous, they have so many big problems and they choose to target something completely innocuous. Honestly, any government that wishes to help Malawi or Uganda should begin by attacking these anti-gay laws and any other remnants of complete idiocy there. You can’t foster a nation under stupidity.

  • B

    No. 1 · ChrisM wrote, “These countries are ridiculous, they have so many big problems and they choose to target something completely innocuous.” Don’t think we are fundamentally any better as similar things have happened here, with the U.S. Supreme Court finally intervening and putting and end to the practices. :

    “The plaintiffs, Mildred Loving (nee Mildred Delores Jeter, a woman of African and Rappahannock Native American descent, July 22, 1939 – May 2, 2008)[2][3][4] and Richard Perry Loving (a white man, October 29, 1933 – June 1975),[5] were residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia who had been married in June 1958 in the District of Columbia, having left Virginia to evade the Racial Integrity Act, a state law banning marriages between any white person and any non-white person. Upon their return to Caroline County, Virginia, they were charged with violation of the ban. They were caught sleeping in their bed by a group of police officers who had invaded their home in the hopes of finding them in the act of sex (another crime). In their defense, Ms. Loving had pointed to a marriage certificate on the wall in their bedroom; rather than defending them, it became the evidence the police needed for a criminal charge, since it proved they had been married in another state. Specifically, they were charged under Section 20-58 of the Virginia Code, which prohibited interracial couples from being married out of state and then returning to Virginia, and Section 20-59, which classified “miscegenation” as a felony, punishable by a prison sentence of between one and five years.”

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