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Malawi to overturn homosexual ban, Joyce Banda says

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President Joyce Banda has said she wants Malawi to overturn its ban on homosexual acts - the first African country to do so since 1994.

Two Malawian men were sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2010 after saying they were getting married.

Several Western leaders have recently said they would cut aid to countries which did not recognise gay rights.

Mrs Banda took power last month after her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, died of a heart attack.

She has since reversed several of his policies, including devaluing the currency, in a bid to get donor funding restored.

Many donors cut aid under Mr Mutharika, accusing him of economic mismanagement and political repression.

In her first state of the nation address to parliament, Mrs Banda said: "Some laws which were duly passed by the august house... will be repealed as a matter of urgency... these include the provisions regarding indecent practices and unnatural acts."

The BBC's Raphael Tenthani in the main city, Blantyre, says the president has the support of a majority of MPs and so should be able to get parliament to overturn the law.

However, he says it will be an unpopular move with many church leaders, as well as the wider population in this conservative country.

After a storm of international condemnation, Mr Mutharika did pardon the two Malawian men on "humanitarian grounds only" but said they had "committed a crime against our culture, against our religion, and against our laws".

Homosexual acts are illegal in most African countries.

In Uganda, an MP recently introduced a bill which stipulated the death penalty could be imposed for some homosexual offences, although he has since said he now wants this changed to life in prison.

South Africa is the only African country where same-sex marriages are legal - discrimination based on sexual orientation was banned after a new constitution was introduced when white minority rule ended in 1994.


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Notice that the homosexual practice approving stance finds its way into political policy because of money that is deprived if they do not accept it. Abortion supporters use the same strategy, because money would be withheld by the government for clinics and hospitals who do not accept patients. who want abortions. It seems like the connection between money, politics and immorality is clear.

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the rastafarian fraternity have also started to agitate for legalisation of marijuana.minority right indeed!!!!!!!!!!!it sems people just want to taste her resolve that's all .her government has responded that they will let people choose if they want to start living with gays rather than taking a stand on the matter like her predecessor did .poverty will let us accept anything the donors want .let paradise come indeed.and thi woman is aborn again my word

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