Sunday, 30 May 2010

PRAYERS ANSWERED

This is good news!

Prayers answered.

Same-sex couple to be freed!

As prayers and vigils were expressed by many people this is good news indeed. Though the Malawi law does not accommodate same-sex couples to be recognised or accepted as such, the harsh penalty of 14 years hard labour was overturned on humanitarian grounds by the Malawian President.

Monjeza and Chimbalanga were arrested two days after they made a public commitment to marriage in a symbolic ceremony at the hotel where Chimbalanga worked as a janitor in late December. They were the first same-sex couple in Malawi to seek marriage.

Passing sentence on them on 20 May, the magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa Usiwa said: "I will give you a ... sentence so that the public [will] be protected from people like you, so that we are not tempted to emulate this horrendous example."

The pair were then separated. Sent to prisons more than 40 miles apart, they had little hope of maintaining contact.

But after talking with Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, Malawi's president, Bingu wa Mutharika, announced the pair would be freed.

"These boys committed a crime against our culture, our religion and our laws," he said after the meeting, at the southern African country's State House. "However, as the head of state, I hereby pardon them and therefore ask for their immediate release with no conditions.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/may/29/malawi-frees-jailed-gay-couple

 

This is good news!

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