Malawi Stops Arresting Gays ... for Now
Parliament considers dumping anti-gay laws entirely
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2012 2:40 AM CST
Women shout out as they protest against a sentence given to two men in Malawi, in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, May 20, 2010.   (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

(Newser) – As Malawi's parliament considers whether to dump the African nation's anti-gay laws, the Justice Minister has had the laws banning same-sex relationships temporarily suspended, Reuters reports. Police have been ordered not to arrest gay people, who currently face a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. Two factors figuring into the reconsideration of the laws: When two men were arrested in 2009 after becoming the first same-sex couple to marry in Malawi, international outcry resulted and some Western donors withdrew monetary support; also, a recent report to the president recommended gay marriages be decriminalized as a way to stem the spread of HIV.

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homer57
Nov 5, 2012 7:25 AM CST
That's the solution put gas on the fire...one can bet that when things don't make sense...there is money attached to this mess! The LOVE of money IS the "ROOT" (not a root, BUT THE ROOT) of all evil 1 Tim 6:10 KJV
Rammrodd
Nov 5, 2012 6:57 AM CST
Malawi, another country in a PC death-spiral. They had the right laws in place. Maybe they want more "aid" from Sweden & Norway.
DougMasters
Nov 5, 2012 6:35 AM CST
Well, that's nice of you aint it?