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Liberia’s Ex-First Lady Proposes Death Penalty for Gays

Jim Burroway

February 16th, 2012

According to AFP, Liberian Sen. Jewel Howard Taylor has introduced a bill into the West African nation’s Senate making homosexuality a first degree felony, which can bring anywhere from ten years to life, or a death sentence at the discretion of the judge.

AFP reports that this comes in response to a campaign by Liberian LGBT advocates who sought to repeal Liberia’s anti-sodomy law, which currently provides for three years’ imprisonment. In January, the Information Ministry responded, “The Liberian government will not allow the legalisation of gay and lesbian activities in Liberia. The president has vowed not to allow such a bill, and even if the bill goes before the president she will veto it.”

Sen. Taylor’s ex-husband, Charles Taylor, ran an oppressive dictatorship from 1996 to 2003 following a bloody seven year civil war. He finally resigned in 2003 after another brutal civil war left him ruling only about a third of Monrovia, Liberia’s capitol. He is now under arrest and being tried for war crimes in The Hague. Sen. Taylor divorced her husband in 2006, citing his exile and a UN travel ban which prevented her from visiting him.



Joe In California
February 16th, 2012 | LINK

The World should impose sanctions of all kinds toward countries that have such laws… Hold all aid funds of any kind… There needs to be a voice that’s heard loud and clear that Human Rights are not negotiable… Hilary Clinton’s speak at the United Nations was very eloquent in expressing that… Now let’s put it to work.

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