Saturday, May 29, 2010

Malawi Gay Couple Pardoned, After Assistance from Ban Ki-Moon

The New York Times is reporting that the couple in Malawi that was sentenced to 14 years in prison after they celebrated their engagement has been unconditionally pardoned. Malawi's president, in announcing his order for their immediate release, nonetheless went out of his way to condemn the two people, saying they had gone against the country's laws, religion, blah blah blah, and that by releasing them, he wasn't supporting them.

What a mensch.

Really, the hero here is United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who asked that Malawi's leader to release his two citizens, and who will be making a speech to Malawi's legislature in which he will request that it change its laws discriminating against (I think persecuting is a proven alternative word that could be used here) homosexuals.

Now, someone can start a gay Malawi magazine ...

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