The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Govt Absent From Anti-Gay Campaign Launch

The launch of the much publicized anti-gay marriage campaign by two largest religious communities in Liberia, Christian and Muslim, was apparently downplayed by the government of Liberia.

Reasons for the government's absent were not disclosed by organizers of the program.

The program, organized by The New Citizens Movement in collaboration with the Christian and Muslim communities in Liberia, took place Saturday and ended in the Borough of New Kru Town.

According to our reporter who attended the program, no government official was seen when the government was called to make remark.

Our reporter said even though the government was officially invited to attend the program, the anti-gay campaigners were shocked and embarrassed over the absence of the government.

Besides the government's absence, our reporter further observed that the lead crafter of the bill against same sex marriage Representative Clarence Massaquoi also failed to attend or any member of the House of Representatives.

The anti-same sex law which has been passed by the Liberian Senate is currently before the House of Representatives for concurrence.

Serving as the Chief Launcher of the campaign, the President of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, Sheihk Kafumba Konneh called on policymakers to consider the issue of same-sex marriage as forbidden to the faith and tradition of Liberia.

Sheihk Konneh said "in as much as the Liberian religious community welcomes the international conventions and treaties as well as our own tradition for the promotion and protection of the rights of human person, we recognize, respect and honor as the creation of God and Allah, we must appreciate that human creation and placement on earth were specific and not an aimless and endless."

He noted that as religiosity matches in accordance with the cadence of morality, it is therefore important that no country must profess to be moral through its foundation and at the same time be immoral.

"According to to our respective holy scriptures, particularly the Bible and the Al-Qur'an, the practice of same sex marriage is immoral and should therefore be denounced by all," the Inter-Religious President urged.

The Muslim Cleric has called on the National Legislature, especially the House of Representatives to speedily concur with the Senate to make the issue of same sex marriage a criminal offense.

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