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Tue Sep 23, 2014, 08:19 AM

 

Chad becomes 37th African state to seek ban on homosexuality

Source: Guardian UK

Chad looks set to become the 37th country in Africa to outlaw homosexuality after government ministers voted to make same-sex relations a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The decision, yet to be ratified by the country’s president, was condemned by human rights groups as another setback in the struggle for gay rights on the continent. Chad’s penal code is more than half a century old and does not explicitly mention homosexuality.

But section 361 of a draft new code states the punishment for anyone who has sexual intercourse with someone of the same sex is 15 to 20 years in jail and a fine of 50,000-500,000 Central African francs (£60-£600), according to a document seen by Agence France-Presse.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/22/chad-37th-african-state-seeking-ban-homosexuality

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 08:30 AM

1. Yeah, I guess I won't be going there for vacation this year.

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Response to Not Me (Reply #1)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 09:38 AM

3. Yeah, it's sure not on my list of places I just gotta vacation either. n/t

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 09:35 AM

2. Some just love hostility, repression and control freaking. It's just a way of life for them.

How backward!

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 10:35 AM

4. I hope the World stops giving aide to all 37 states if Africa

 

Until they stop these laws. Something drastic needs to be done.

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 12:02 PM

7. i agree. we can't tolerate this crap.

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 04:46 PM

12. Agree on both points.

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Response to yeoman6987 (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 04:49 PM

13. jumm. Looks like the US does give some aid to Chad....

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 10:56 AM

5. I guess with a name like "Chad" homophobia was expected.

 

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 12:02 PM

6. this is very disappointing

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 03:13 PM

8. Ouch...out of 47 total

There are 47 countries on the African continent, including the disputed territory of Western Sahara. However, the islands off the coast are also usually listed as African, bringing the total to 53. The island nations are Cape Verde, São Tomé and Príncipe, Madagascar, the Comoros, the Seychelles, and Mauritius.

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 03:16 PM

9. Most of those countries might benefit more from a ban on hetrosexuality.

I know, that was in poor taste.

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 03:46 PM

10. Thank US Evangelical missionaries for the Genocide.

 

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 04:09 PM

11. Chad wanted to know how it could get people to realize it was a country, and not just

that creepy douchebag you knew in 11th Grade.

Well, this will do it.

Homophobia as attention-getting scheme...

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Tue Sep 23, 2014, 06:09 PM

14. one of the poorest countries in the world, this will not help them at all

They should rescind this ASAP.

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 12:51 AM

15. This smells suspiciously like Scott Lively.

Scott Douglas Lively is an American author, attorney, social activist and independent candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election. He is the president of Abiding Truth Ministries, a conservative Christian organization located in Temecula, California, and the former state director of the California branch of the American Family Association.

Lively has called for the criminalization of "the public advocacy of homosexuality" as far back as 2007, and is allegedly involved in anti-gay legislation in Uganda.

He is frequently interviewed in broadcast media about his involvement in the ex-gay movement and opposition to LGBT advocacy. According to a January 2011 profile, Lively "has not changed his view that gays are "agents of America's moral decline", but has refocused his approach to fit his flock in Springfield, Massachusetts" and "is toning down his antigay rhetoric and shifting his focus to helping the downtrodden".

On August 14, 2013, a federal judge ruled that the case against Scott Lively, by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), a Uganda-based coalition of LGBT rights and advocacy groups, can move forward against him. This is a first-of-its kind case in which the lawsuit alleges that Lively's actions over the past decade, in collaboration with some Ugandan government officials and Ugandan religious leaders, are responsible for depriving LGBT Ugandans of their fundamental human rights based solely on their identity, which the lawsuits alleges falls under the definition of persecution under international law and is a crime against humanity. This effort resulted in the introduction of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which Lively allegedly helped engineer.

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Response to 7962 (Original post)

Wed Sep 24, 2014, 02:29 AM

16. If you want to troll the conservatives in your life,

tell them ebola is God's punishment for outlawing homosexuality.

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