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Gambian President Signs Bill to Lock up Gays for Life

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Gambia - Apple MapsAfrica took another huge step backwards on LGBT rights this week.

Pink News reports:

The president of Gambia has signed into law a bill which calls for life imprisonment for people caught having gay sex. The law was passed by the National Assembly in September, and amends the criminal code to bring life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality.” The Associated Press reports that a draft bill contains identical language to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, which was signed into law earlier this year.

I guess it’s easier to scapegoat the LGBT community than to deal with the real problems afflicting your country.

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Gambia Anti Gay Bill Passes – Life Sentences for Gays

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Gambia - Apple MapsFollowing in the footsteps of other African nations, Gambia is just past an extreme anti-gay bill.

Joe.My.God reports:

Gambia’s National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, officials said Monday, potentially worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa’s most vocal anti-gay leaders. The bill amending the criminal code was passed last month and brings life sentences for “aggravated homosexuality,” minority leader Samba Jallow told The Associated Press. That is a charge leveled at repeat offenders and people living with HIV/AIDS. Jallow said that while his National Reconciliation Party did not condone homosexuality, he voted against the bill along with one other lawmaker. “In our view, (homosexuals) did not commit a crime worthy of life imprisonment or any treasonable offense,” he said. Homosexual acts were already punishable by up to 14 years in prison under a Gambian law that was amended in 2005 to apply to women in addition to men. The bill now awaits approval by President Yahya Jammeh, an autocratic ruler who in 2008 instructed gays and lesbians to leave the country or risk having their heads cut off.

Another country cross of my travel list. My vacation possibilities in Africa are getting smaller and smaller.

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Gambia Plans to Ban the Gays

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Gambia - Apple MapsThe poison seeds of Scott Lively and his ilk continue to find fertile ground in Africa, as Gambia plans to ban all gay people and groups.

Gay Star News reports:

The Gambia has revealed a new bill to ban all homosexuals and charities from the country. Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs Momodou Sabally has said a bill has been submitted to parliament saying it will ‘strengthen’ Gambian culture…

If the bill passes in parliament, it is likely it will be supported by President Yahya Jammeh. He has proclaimed ‘war’ on gay rights and has branded homosexuals as vermin that should be squashed like mosquitos. Jammeh said his country would defend its sovereignty and Islamic beliefs, and has threatened to ‘behead’ LGBTI people.

I hope the American Pastors who went to these African Nations to preach hatred of gays and lesbians will be brought to account when heads start to roll in Gambia.

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What Marriage Equality Opponents Are Saying – Sunday Edition

Sunday, March 31st, 2013

New York Catholic Archbishop Timothy DolanThere’s just so much to report today on our opponents – we’ll start with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who says gay and lesbian couples only get to be friends, sorry. Think Progress reports:

Well, the first thing I’d say to them is, “I love you, too. And God loves you. And you are made in God’s image and likeness. And – and we – we want your happiness. But – and you’re entitled to friendship.” But we also know that God has told us that the way to happiness, that – especially when it comes to sexual love – that is intended only for a man and woman in marriage, where children can come about naturally. We gotta be – we gotta do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people. And I admit, we haven’t been too good at that.

Think he’s a bit bitter that he’s only “entitled to friendship”, too?

In a slightly less condescending tone, the new head of the Anglican church has called for graceful disagreement on marriage equality, Gay Star News reports:

The Archbishop of Canterbury, who wasted no time in speaking out against gay marriage equality on his first official day in office this year, today gave an interview calling for Anglicans to demonstrate to society they can agree to disagree. ‘We need to understand reconciliation within the Church as the transformation of destructive conflict, not unanimity,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t mean we all agree, it is that we find ways of disagreeing, perhaps very passionately but loving each other deeply at the same time, gracefully and deeply committed to each other.

In closely related news, 69% in the UK think the Church of England is out of touch, a new poll says. Pink News has the details:

More than two-thirds (69%) of the population believe that the Church of England is out of touch with society and half (54%) believe that it does a bad job of providing moral leadership. Almost half disagree with its stance on same-sex marriage. The Easter Sunday YouGov poll for the Sunday Times also found than four in ten respondents believe that priests and vicars cannot be trusted to tell the truth. More of the public disagree with the Church of England’s objections to same-sex marriage than agree with it. 49% said that the Church is wrong to oppose same-sex marriage, while just 37% said they agree with the Church’s stance.

Pastor Joel Osteen also softpedals his approach. From On Top Magazine:

“Where do you draw the line?” host Jake Tapper asked. “Do you think that it’s important for those individuals who are in same-sex relationships to at least have the same rights as more traditional couples?”

“It’s a fine line,” Osteen answered. “We’re for everybody, but, of course, as a Christian pastor my base is off what I believe the Scripture says. Marriage is between a male and a female. But again, we’re for everybody. But that’s where I draw the line.”

Over at Fox News, wingnut “psychiatrist” Keith Ablow repeated the tired old like about the slippery slope to polygamy. On Top Magazine reports:

“The government should never have been involved in these personal matters and that’s why it’s coming back to bite us. Because frankly Laura, it’s just completely illogical to me and I think highly prejudicial that a state or the federal government would say two men can marry but not two women and a man. Three people can be in love. If love is the arbiter, then three people can marry.”

Right-wing blowhard Charles Krauthammer (yes, the one who looks like Dracula), forsees a coming assault on religion. Newsbusters reports:

“But it gets really sticky. If the Court were to decide that to deny same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, then you’ve got Georgetown University, a Jesuit university, married housing. It’s a Catholic university. So it says that it’s only going to allow heterosexuals. It will get sued. This will become an assault on religion. And the religions, which I think are sincere in their beliefs, are going to be under assault and under attack.”

Joe.My.God reports on a white supremacist who fears gay marriage will mean fewer white babies:

Gay marriage is bad because it means fewer white babies will be born. “I will not give in to your homofascism! You’ll have to kill me first!” (This guy is probably BFFs with Tony Perkins.) The crazy really gets uncorked in the last three minutes.

In Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh spoke out against gays in particularly nasty terms. LGBTQ Nation reports:

“Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey..0 If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders. We will put you in the female wing of the prison,” Jammeh said.

Almost every one of these objections are grounded in religion, and yet, there are many people of faith who have come to embrace gay and lesbian couples.

In the end, love is love.

Gambia: 15 Arrested for “Suspected Homosexuality”

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

It amazes me that these African governments are fighting what they see as the western white man’s contagion of homosexuality by adopting another western white contagion, religious right extremism.

It is white religious right leaders who have brought this new anti-gay extremism to Africa. A lot of these countries have always been anti-gay, but it’s only been in recent years that the far-right of the far-right in America has been going to Africa, and around the world really, and spreading the most virulent forms of discrimination and hate, which are now coming home to roost in an unusual number of African countries simultaneously.

These governments are doing the work of white radicals in America. Congratulations!

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