Friday, January 15, 2010

Gay Couple in Malawi

I have been following this story on, fascinated by the sense of hatred and bigotry among humankind.

Knowing that they are pioneers for us in this conservative country, these two men, Mr. Chimbalanga and Mr. Monjeza, married one another in a country that forbids it.

As a result, they are now on trial. And one of them fainted today in court because of all the jeering and abuse. From the

A trial involving Malawi’s first married gay couple was adjourned today after one of the accused collapsed in court and was subjected to homophobic abuse from the public gallery.

Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who has spent more than a week in one of the country’s most congested prisons, vomited and stumbled onto the dusty court floor just before the case was due to start.

As he lay on the ground he was jeered by members of the public who had crowded in to watch what has become a cause célèbre and a test case for gay rights in the African nation.

“Auntie Tiwo ali ndi mimba” — or "Auntie Tiwo is pregnant" — people said.

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Amid prayers for the people of Haiti, I also ask prayers for this couple who are brave and courageous.



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