22 April 2014

Liberia: Take Definite Stance On Gay Marriage - Catholic Priest

The parish priest of the St. Kizito Catholic Church in Paynesville, outside Monrovia, Reverend Father Ambrose D. Kroma, has asked the Government of Liberia to take a definite position on same sex marriage in the country.

This is the first time that the Catholic Church in Liberia has spoken publicly on the gay marriage debate here.

Father Kroma observed that since the ongoing debate on same sex marriage in Africa, the government here has been unable to give a decisive position on the practice.

He said some African countries like Uganda, Nigeria, and Ghana have out-rightly, rejected gay or lesbian marriage despite criticism and opposition from the West.

The United Kingdom suspended its healthcare support to Uganda after President Yoweri Musaveni signed a bill into law, banning same sex marriage in that country.

President Goodluck Jonathan of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has signed similar bill into law, illegalizing the practice.

However, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has struggled here to maintain a middle level position on gay marriage, not officially rejecting or opposing call by the West for African governments to adopt same sex marriage or risk forfeiting financial aid.

Father Kroma wondered if the continuous conspicuous silence of the Liberian government on this critical issue could be interpreted as acceptance or rejection of same sex marriage, which should then be reflected in the code of conduct and the Vision 2030 otherwise known as Agenda for Transformation.

He said Ghana also rejected a big gay conference sometimes ago, despite the financial implications. Delivering his Homily for the Easter vigil, Father Kroma warned his parishioners not to vote for anyone associated with ritualistic killing.

He said Liberian politicians should realize that human body parts cannot give anyone state power or popularity, stressing that they should realize by now that power comes from God, the Creator. He also called on the government to provide clarity on Legislator's salary, bonuses, gasoline, diesel allowances and other benefits being provided through taxpayers, money.

He wondered why the Legislature has refused to embrace an open, independent audit, and frowned at the lawmakers' recent call for US$1 Million for district development, saying if none of them can properly account for US$200,000.00 at the county level, then how could they be entrusted with US$ at district level or maybe the Legislature should first exercise greater oversight for the county development funds before advocating for additional allotments in the National Budget for their constituencies.

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