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Malawi Constitutional Court Refuses To Block Trial

Jim Burroway

February 23rd, 2010

Malawi’s Constitutional court refused to refused to hear the case of Tiwonge Chimbalanga (who identifies as a woman) and Steven Monjeza, who were arrested and charged with “gross indecency” in December following a traditional engagement ceremony. Their lawyer, Mauya Msuku, appealed to the high court in January, arguing that Malawi’s anti-homosexuality laws violated their constitutional rights to privacy, belief and self-expression. Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo disagreed, saying that the case was a simple criminal proceeding.

The couple have pleaded no guilty. The verdict is expected to be handed down March 22. Homosexuality is illegal in Malawi, where it carries a sentence of up to 14 years with hard labor.

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Larry
March 23rd, 2010 | LINK

this is the only way to maintain both morality and morale. Homosexuality is by its very nature demoralizing and it leads to immorality. Alternatively, it can be a symptom of large scale societal immorality. Either way, civilizations who promote it are doomed to extinction the way Greece and Rome became extinct.

Timothy Kincaid
March 23rd, 2010 | LINK

Larry,

You are mistaken. There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that homosexuality is by its nature demoralizing or that it will either lead to or is a symptom of immorality.

And, incidentally, neither Greece nor Rome became extinct (Surely you have access to an atlas).

Both lost prominence and world domination, but neither are traced to a “promotion” of homosexuality. Greece ceded its leadership to Rome, and Rome eventually fell primarily due to economic difficulties.

Incidentally, by the time Rome fell, it was a Christian empire. With increasing Christian influence came increasing sexual rigidity and increasing intolerance for homosexuality. While it would be as ridiculous of a statement, there is actually more historical support for the notion that the rejection of homosexuality caused the fall of Rome.

Priya Lynn
March 23rd, 2010 | LINK

In fact the Roman empire didn’t decline until it converted to Christianity and started persecuting gays.

Burr
March 23rd, 2010 | LINK

It’s not like Malawi has any glorious heights to plummet from.. Gay bashing has gotten most of Africa absolutely nowhere. Perhaps it’s time to try a different strategy.

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