20 July 2012

Liberia: Senate Passes Anti-Gay Bill

Photo: IRIN
A gay couple.

The Liberian Senate Thursday passed into law an anti gay bill seeking to prevent same sex marriage in Liberia.

If concord by the House of Representative, the bill will be forwarded to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for perusal and subsequent signing into law.

The Anti Gay Bill which probates same sex marriage is sponsored by Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard Taylor.

According to the Senate's Chairman on Judiciary, Cllr. Joseph Nagbe the anti gay bill is second degree felony under the Liberian law, meaning it is a baliable crime and violators can pay lower fees or face minimum imprisonment.

Sen. Nagbe said should the lower House concord with the Senate and the bill subsequently signed into law by President Sirleaf, the practices of both lesbianism and homosexuality will be capital offense and violators will subjected to the consequences of the law.

The senator warmed that same sex couples visiting the country should abide the laws of Liberia or will bears the full penalty of the law. "If you are gay or lesbian and you having to come here we expect you to behave orderly. That is, stay away from each other until your departure", he added.

For her part, Sen. Taylor praised her colleagues for the level of support shown in ensuring that the bill is passed. She expressed strong anticipation that the members of the House of Representatives will do likewise in the shortest possible time.

The Bong County Senator further indicated that she has sponsored three bills including the bill for the establishment of Assistant Superintendent Post for Fiscal Affairs at the local government level since the sitting of the 53rd Legislature.

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