The NEWS (Monrovia)

Liberia: Gay Advocates Must Seek Psychiatrist

A former vice presidential candidate in the 2011 Legislative and Presidential elections has urged individuals calling for the legislation of same sex marriage seek the face of a psychiatrist.

Bishop Rudolph Marsh, former vice presidential candidate to long time politician Dr. Togba-Nat Tipoteh said no sound and decent people would advocate for same sex marriage to be legalized in a traditional rooted African country like Liberia.

Bishop Marsh said for people to advocate for the legalization of immoral and evil acts, they must be seen as mentally ill.

He made the statement in the Borough of New Kru Town over the weekend during the official launch of the Anti-Gay campaign by the Christian and Muslim communities in Liberia.

Bishop Marsh maintained that the religious community will resist every plan that would lead Liberia into destruction.

"We want to declare our position on the plan by some people to encourage the legislation of same-sex marriage; signing this position statement indicate that we firmly oppose and condemn every, and/or any effort to legalize the act of same-sex marriage or decriminalize sodomy in our country," Bishop Marsh indicated.

The Liberian Clergyman noted that the religious community was opposed to the act of same-sex marriage in Liberia because it would corrupt the moral values of the country and contributes to social indiscipline.

He further indicated that the act poses threat to the reproduction of future population and would serve as a conduit for the spread of HIV virus.

The former vice presidential candidate has called on the Legislature to stand with both the Christian and Muslim communities, by passing a bill that recognizes the union between a man and a woman as the only recognized legal definition of marriage in Liberia.

Meanwhile, organizers of the Anti-Gay Campaign, the New Citizens Movement in collaboration with various institutions said the solicitation of over 10,000 signatures has begun and when completed would be officially presented to the government.

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