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Malawi Suspends Enforcement Of Anti-Gay Laws

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

In response to a formal inquiry from the United Nations Human Rights Committee, Malawian Justice Minister Janet Chikaya-Banda has announced that the government of Malawi will cease enforcement of the nation’s laws against same-sex sexual relations while a court-ordered review of the country’s existing anti-gay laws is completed.

Pink News reports:

[Chikaya-Banda] said the review had stalled due to financial constraints, despite a ruling last autumn by the High Court to review the constitutionality of the laws.

This announcement does not, however, represent the first instance of such laws in Malawi being suspended. The enforcement of Malawi’s anti-gay laws had previously been halted for a brief period of time in November 2012 by the Justice Minister at the time, Ralph Kasambara. “If we continue arresting and prosecuting people based on the said laws and later such laws are found to be unconstitutional, it would be an embarrassment to government,” Kasambara told Reuters at the time.

This move was viewed at the time to be in line with Malawian President Joyce Banda’s May 2012 commitment to decriminalize consensual sexual relations between two people of the same sex, as well as the previous Justice Minister Ephraim Chiume’s December 2011 inclusion of the country’s anti-gay laws within a list of pieces of legislation he preferred to see reviewed, in a report issued the same week as then-US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s landmark address before the United Nations summit in Geneva on the subject of LGBT rights.

However, this decision was quickly reversed a few days later under intense pressure and lobbying from the Malawi Council of Churches, a group of 24 Protestant churches in Malawi. Upon issuing this reversal, Kasambara stated that he would rather see the national parliament settle the issue.

Homosexuality is currently illegal in Malawi under Section 153 and 156 of the nation’s Penal Code, which prohibit “unnatural offenses” and offenses against “public decency,” respectively. The order issued today by the current Justice Minister will act to halt enforcement of these provisions.

USA: Why Hillary Came Out for Marriage Equality Now

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Hillary ClintonChris Cillizza has some thoughts on the timing of Hillary Clinton’s marriage equality announcement. The Washington Post reports:

Democrats and Independents have moved strongly in favor of gay marriage in the last four years, and many of the people who may well challenge Clinton if she runs for president in 2016 have already staked out positions well to her ideological left on gay marriage — before today, that is. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was hailed as a hero by gay rights advocates when he spearheaded an effort to legalize same-sex marriage in 2011. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley received accolades when he signed a measure legalizing it in his state last year and fought to uphold it in a subsequent referendum campaign. Vice President Biden caught much of the political world off-guard when he announced his support for gay marriage, even before President Obama did.

Which just strengthens the case that she’s running on 2016. 🙂

Why Hillary Clinton’s Support for Marriage Equality Matters

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Hillary ClintonGreg Sargent at the The Washington Post thinks it’s more than just the words themselves that matter here:

In confirming that no Dem presidential candidate will ever be viable without embracing marriage equality, Clinton is sending a strong message to the Court that the American public is ready to embrace it. What’s more, note when it comes to the legal right to marriage for gay and lesbian Americans, Clinton’s language is unequivocal:

“LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones — and they are full and equal citizens, and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law, embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and for all Americans.”

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BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Comes Out for Marriage Equality

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Hillary ClintonThis just came across the wires from the Minneapolis Star Tribune – Hillary Clinton, presumptive presidential candidate for 2016, has just (finally) announced her support for marriage equality:

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced her support for gay marriage Monday, putting her in line with other potential Democratic presidential candidates on a social issue that is rapidly gaining public approval. Clinton made the announcement in an online video released Monday morning by the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. She says in the six-minute video that gays and lesbians are “full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship.” “That includes marriage,” she says, adding that she backs gay marriage both “personally and as a matter of policy and law.”

Will she run?

Is Hillary Clinton Ready to Endorse Marriage Equality?

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

Is Hillary Clinton Ready to Endorse Marriage Equality?Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will endorse gay marriage, sources close to the former first lady have said.

According to POLITICO.com, Clinton will join her husband, President Bill Clinton, and daughter, Chelsea Clinton, in endorsing marriage equality after she leaves the Obama administration.

Her circle has “indicated privately that she feels like … because of her role as the country’s chief diplomat that it was appropriate for her to stay out of this,” one source said, adding that “she will end up with the rest of the clan.”

Authored By Carlos Santoscoy – See the Full Story at On Top Magazine

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Hillary Clinton: Gay Rights a Foreign Concept in Africa and Asia

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

Hillary ClintonEchoing her landmark speech to the United Nations, the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton told an audience at Syracuse University that many foreign leaders in Africa and Asia consider gay rights and indeed womens’ rights to be a “totally foreign concept.”

“You can imagine the conversations that I have,” she said. “In parts of Africa and Asia, she said, gay rights is ‘just a totally foreign concept.'”

She added to much laughter: “I mean, the first response is, ‘We don’t have any of those here. Second response is, ‘If we did, we would not want to have them and would want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. And it’s your problem, United States of America, that you have so many of those people. So don’t come here and tell us to protect the rights of people we don’t have or that we don’t want.'”

Full Story from Pink News

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Hillary Clinton Delivers Landmark Gay Rights Speech

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Here’s Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s historic and unprecedented speech to the UN today on LGBT rights.

Says Clinton, in her opening:

Today, I want to talk about the work we have left to do to protect one group of people whose human rights are still denied in too many parts of the world today. In many ways, they are an invisible minority. They are arrested, beaten, terrorized, even executed. Many are treated with contempt and violence by their fellow citizens while authorities empowered to protect them look the other way or, too often, even join in the abuse. They are denied opportunities to work and learn, driven from their homes and countries, and forced to suppress or deny who they are to protect themselves from harm.

Full Story from Towleroad.com

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Hilary Clinton Praises NY, Doesn’t Back Marriage Equality Specifically

Monday, June 27th, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday offered her approval of New York’s just-passed same sex marriage law.

Calling Friday’s vote by the New York state legislature “historic,” the former New York senator was careful in her remarks not to overstep her bounds as an Obama administration appointee.
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But the legalization of gay marriage, Clinton said at a State Department event hosted by Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, “gives such visibility and credibility to everything that so many of you have done over so many years.”

Full Story from Politico

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Hillary Clinton Still Against Marriage Equality

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Hillary ClintonWhile former President Bill Clinton has embraced gay marriage, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn’t coming around to join him.
Clinton made her remarks in a cover story with gay glossy The Advocate.

In 2009, Bill Clinton had an epiphany on the issue, saying repeatedly that he had been “wrong” to oppose gay marriage.
“I had all these gay friends, I had all these gay couple friends, and I was hung up about it,” he said.

“And I decided I was wrong. … I think it’s a good thing not a bad thing. And I just realized that, I was, probably for, maybe just because of my age and the way I’ve grown up, I was wrong about that.”

Full Story from the Advocate

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