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Malawi Couple Arrested, Face 14 Years Imprisonment

Jim Burroway

December 29th, 2009
Malawi couple

Steven Monjeza (L) and Tiwonge Chimbalanga (R) married in Malawi last Saturday

Last weekend, two Malawian men became the first same-sex couple to marry in that country. Today, we learn that they have been arrested for “public indecency” because of their wedding.

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were married in a symbolic, traditional wedding engagement ceremony on Saturday. They were arrested on Monday night at their home and charged with “gross public indecency because the practice is against the law,” according to police spokesman, Dave Chingwalu.

Homosexuality carries a maximum prison sentence of fourteen years in Malawi. The police spokesman said that the couple will likely face more charges as the investigation continues.

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GreenEyedLilo
December 29th, 2009 | LINK

Lot of bad news coming out of Africa lately. I wonder why that is–are there more LGBT people bucking the system, more of an Evangelical prescence, better media access? Regardless, when you find out more about these two, I’ll be reading. Thank you for sharing it.

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Aaron
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I want to cry for these men. I will be praying. :(

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