Malawi president seeks vote on marriage equality

It would seem that formally removing anti-LGBTQIA laws should be the first step. If a population hasn’t had education and awareness about LGBTQIA issues, holding a vote on marriage equality is premature…


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The president of Malawi has proposed popular votes on same-sex marriage and on abortion, but no concrete steps toward such referendums have yet been announced.

President Arthur Peter Mutharika made the comments Sept. 1 during a “Talk to the President” program on publicly funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC TV).

His remarks came two months after the online newspaper Malawi24 reported that Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) had been ready as early as 2011 to repeal Malawi’s law against homosexual activity.  The newspaper’s reporter said he had seen confidential reports from a secret meeting in 2011 at which Mutharika told then U.S. Ambassador Peter Bodde that the DPP government was willing to make homosexuality legal.

Mutharika was justice minister at the time. The reported discussion came after the arrest of an LGBTI couple, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steve Monjeza, who held a traditional engagement ceremony…

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