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Mugabe: Yes to Polygamy, No to Gay Rights

Jim Burroway

July 18th, 2010

Today, Radio Voice of the People reported that Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe spoke before an Apostolic christian church and reiterated his support for the church’s established practice of polygamy:

Our Constitution allows polygamy. We will not force people into monogamous marriages. It’s there even in the bible – Solomon was not only given wealth but many wives,” said Mugabe who had children with current wife Grace while former first lady Sally Mugabe was still alive. He said the apostolic sect therefore had a right to be polygamous.

Meanwhile, Mugabe also reiterated his comparison of LGBT people to “dogs and pigs”:

“Today, the Anglican Church condones marriages between men and the same for women. The Archbishop of Canterbury is blessing such marriages – that is similar to dog behavior.

“At some point, I realised that I was reprimanding blameless dogs and pigs, which are aware that marriage is for procreation.

“We say no to gays! We will not listen to those advocating the inclusion of their rights in the constitution,” charged Mugabe.

Two Zimbabwean LGBT advocates are awaiting trial after having been detained and tortured by police following a raid on Gay and Lesbians Zimbabwe (GLAZ)’s headquarters. Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Muhambi were arrested and charged with possessing “pornography.” The nature of the alleged “pornography” (anything gay-positive can be seen as “pornographic” in some countries) has not been disclosed.