New Democrat (Monrovia)

14 November 2012

Liberia: Same-Sex Marriage Undermines Peace

As the debate on gay and lesbianism drags on in the country, Rev. Kortu Brown, head pastor of the New Water in the Desert Assembly, is warning the nation not to legalize same sex marriage which could plunge Liberia into another round of confusion.

Rev. Brown, who is also leading member of the newly launched campaign aimed at banning homosexuality and lesbianism, told New Democrat Tuesday that legalizing such practices in the country would to be corrupting of the moral values of the country and setting the stage of social indiscipline.

"This issue is about reconciliation. It's about peace and social cohesion. If we begin to introduce elements that are contrary to our moral values, that will upset the social fabric of the society; then, it's not good for the country," he said.

He observed: "If 98% of our population is

made up of Christians and Muslims, and if both religious communities are against same sex marriage, then, understandably, if these people are aggrieved on a particular subject, and you try to force it on them, obviously, that would also undermine peace."

He said no amount of pressure should force the country into making same sex marriage legal; something he said would set the wrong precedent for the generation and generations unborn.

His comments come amidst reports that certain Western nations were behind the scenes pressurizing the President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf administration to legalize the practice.

"Americans are gracious people. They respect other peoples' cultures, traditions and values. America would not directly intervene in other people's cultural concerns just because they want to satisfy their own culture" Rev. Brown noted.

"I think sometimes we develop our own fear. Sometimes, you could even take the question of one person and apply that to a whole country, which may necessarily not be the case. I don't think America would want to stifle Liberia because Liberians are saying no to same sex marriage. "

He urged Liberians to be mindful not to set a dangerous precedence that would haunt the nation and its people in the future.

Instead of borrowing what he termed wrong things from Western culture, Rev. Brown admonished Liberians to unite and hold onto their African tradition.

"It is sad that we're still on the other side of history. We're still on the receiving side of history. And because we're still on the receiving side of history, our hands are open to receive just anything," he lamented.

"Same sex marriage is unAfrican," he pointed out. I know that President Joseph Jenkins Roberts and others suffered to protect the interest of this country. And, we should not be the ones to destroy such legacy."

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