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Malawi to Review Anti-Gay Laws

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Western pressure has led to Malawi saying its discriminatory laws will be reviewed.

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. (0)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 4:09 pm
It's all about little steps. Eventually, the government will come around.

TomCat S (129)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 9:36 pm
That's especially rewarding, because C-Street Republicans worked so hard to get African nations to criminalize gay people.

Susanne R (235)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 10:14 pm
Considering the genocide, wars, human trafficking, and tolerance of abusive child labor --along with severe drought, famine, the AIDS epidemic and large number of HIV-positive people, and other life-threatening problems, abuses and actual crimes that take place in some African countries, it's surprising that homosexuality is such an important issue. In some African countries, it's acceptable for AIDS-infected men to have sex with young virgins because they believe that they will "give" their disease to the girl and then be disease free --yet they frown upon what consenting adults do? Ignorance of that magnitude can't be easy to overcome, so it's a good sign some countries are giving in to pressure from the West to review their policies.

Ralph R Sutton (56)
Thursday December 8, 2011, 10:23 pm
Funny how telling them they won't be getting any more money from the US if they don't change their policy and become more considerate of the rights of all people regardless of their sexual orientation. We need to take that attitude more often in getting other countries to do what we would prefer they do. "Do it our way or do without our money."

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Friday December 9, 2011, 2:03 am
What is interesting to note, is that in almost EVERY aboriginal culture studied, persons who "did not fit into western-type male-female roles" had a PLACE in society -- even if they were a minority!
{Many other cultures defined "gay" and "hetero" and such concepts, often very differently than westerners did.}
This fact should not be surprising, as OBVIOUSLY, being "gay" or "queer" or gendered "differently", has to be AS OLD AS THE HUMAN RACE!

Even in Islamic cultures, which nominally are against such expression, even in most African Islamic cultures, being gay or having same-sex relations was no big deal and was tolerated or ignored, generally.

So it is interesting that, contrary to what some politicians and preachers are now saying, homosexuality was certainly NOT a "western import" to African cultures.
Rather, it is plainly BIGOTRY that is IMPORTED FROM THE WEST.

The Churchly types who can't get their anti-gay projects very far here in this country, love to EXPORT it where their nonsense propaganda can still find a respectful hearing among the IGNORANT -- those ignorant of their OWN cultural histories!

Alan G (16)
Friday December 9, 2011, 9:57 am
Small steps toward progress.

Robert O (12)
Friday December 9, 2011, 2:44 pm
Every little bit makes a difference. Thanks.

Lyne F (93)
Friday December 9, 2011, 3:17 pm

Beth M (138)
Friday December 9, 2011, 3:54 pm
Believe it when I see change.

ewoud k (68)
Saturday December 10, 2011, 3:12 am
Before being too happy about this, let's wait and see what comes out of this "review".

But it sure is a start.

KS Goh (0)
Sunday December 11, 2011, 1:03 am
Thanks for the article.

sheila l (116)
Friday March 23, 2012, 11:18 am
It should be up to the people, not the courts, the peoples' votes should count.
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