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Liberian Senate Passes Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage

Liberian Senate Passes Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage


The Liberian Senate this week passed an amendment to the state’s constitution that would ban same-sex marriages.

Reports the AFP:

The amendment was made to section 2.3 of the constitution, which bans marriage between people who are already wedded to others and between close family members.

It adds “or persons of the same sex” to the text, as read by the chairman of the judiciary committee Joseph Nagbe.


“My bill seeks to ensure that the fact that people of the same sex under our law should not be allowed to get married,” Taylor said.

Homosexuality in Liberia is criminalized under anti-sodomy provisions, though they are rarely fully enforced, but the issue of same-sex marriage has not been explicitly addressed in the state’s constitution.

The measure seems a direct response to local gay rights groups demanding same-sex marriage provisions among other nondiscrimination laws.

A second bill that would make same-sex relations a capital offense, currently before the House of Representatives and dubbed a sister to the Ugandan ‘Kill the Gays’ bill, has yet to be moved.

Both bills have received strong backing from the country’s religious conservatives. However, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has stated that she would use her veto power to block any such bills, whether pro-gay or anti-gay. She maintains that Liberia’s current stance on homosexuality is sufficient.

As a Nobel peace prize recipient, Sirleaf’s defense of her country’s anti-gay stance has angered some.


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8:25AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

One suspects that there are some who have already made comments here that secretly or otherwise ache that the laws in the U.S. would become a copy of one of the proposed bills making same sex relations a capital offence.

5:22PM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Meh, it's not like I had plans on visiting on such a backwards and ignorant place like Liberia...

4:05PM PDT on Jul 26, 2012

Dennis V. I am a Liberian, an Atheist, and statist (I believe in the state as entirely separate and distinct from religion).

I am a straight man who believes that rights are universal and religion is the only thing that binds the worst offenders.

My wife an I have raised our two children to accept, without condition, the intrinsic value of every human being. Their first moment of living this is that they have chosen to never eat at chic-fil-a again. Not a big sacrifice, but they get it! And I am proud.

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3:24PM PDT on Jul 24, 2012


1:06AM PDT on Jul 24, 2012

Why is Africa even an issue here in the U.S. when the U.S. already has more important mounting issues to deal with on a daily basis. I hate to sound cold and uncaring here but geez, let the Africans handle their own issues. We have republicans trying to destroy the U.S. on a daily basis, and the religious kooks out there trying to run the country as if they own it and shoving their doctrin down everybody elses throat whether or not they want it. The U. S. has a huge debt problem, a high unemployment population and no jobs, homelessness is increasing at a maddening speed, we have a healthcare battle going on, crime is running rampid like a bad epidemic of rabies in this country and we have to worry about other countries and their issues???? We really need to tend to our own and get our noses out of other countries issues and let them grow up the way we did in the revolution... we fought our way out and we won the right to rule ourselves. Thats how people learn to solve problems. lets stop coddling and meddling in other's affairs.

8:55PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Gays will overcome and we will keep pressure on until they do. Gays are normal people just like the rest of us. God bless and keep all oppressed people, everywhere.

7:10PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

If this amendment upset you, show your feelings by boycotting anything associated with Liberia, like cruise ships registered in Liberia. And of course, if you are inclined to buy diamonds, ask wheere they are from. Liberia is a producer of diamonds and does it through child slave labor.

2:13PM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Liberia, founded as a free state for black people, but not homosexual black people.

10:59AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Sad day.

10:10AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

Isn't it nice to know that the Republicans are saving us all by spending $ we can't afford defending DOMA? We can take a step forward and be just like Liberia...or is that a step backward?

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