Malawi President Promises To Repeal Gay Ban

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Malawi’s new president, Joyce Banda, has announced that she will repeal the African country’s ban on homosexual activity. The Huffington Post reported this was announced in her first state of the nation address, and is one of the several steps she has taken that break with the previous administration of Bingu wa Mutharika who passed away in office last month.

Malawi had faced international condemnation for the conviction and 14-year prison sentences given to two men in 2010who had been arrested after celebrating their engagement and were charged with unnatural acts and gross indecency. Mutharika pardoned the couple, but said it was on “humanitarian grounds only” and insisted they had “committed a crime against our culture, against our religion, and against our laws.”

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