The gamut of gay rights: from marriage equality to imprisonment
On the global scale, there has been two major developments within the past week regarding the civil rights struggle for gay and lesbian equality.
On the positive note, Portugal is the latest country that will be enacting marriage equality! The head of state’s decision to permit the enactment of a bill passed by Parliament in January makes Portugal the sixth European country allowing same-sex couples to wed. Yes, Portugal — a country that is 90% Catholic. Apparently they understand the separation of Church and State unlike some people (yes, looking at you Mr. President).
And on the negative side, a gay couple in Malawi has been sentenced by a judge to 14 years of hard labor, the maximum sentence, for committing “unnatural acts and gross decency.” The two men (pictured right), Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, both in their 20s, were found guilty earlier this week. They have been imprisoned since a December arrest following their attempt to hold an engagement ceremony. There has been a wide rebuke from the international community, but who knows if anything will change. Truly sad.
UPDATE: Due to international pressure, the Malawi President has pardoned the above mentioned couple.