Heroes are born every once in a great while.
In Malawi, heroes came into focus recently. Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the Malawi gay couple jailed since December for holding a public engagement ceremony, are heroes. They did the unthinkable in Malawi: they expressed their love for one another by wedding one another.
They are heroes.
According to the Associated Press, “Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa said the sentencing will take place on Thursday. The couple could be imprisoned for up to 14 years.”
Malawi is one of nearly 40 African countries where homosexuality is illegal.
Monjeza, 26, and Chimbalanga, 20, may be able to appeal, but the likelihood of success appears slim.
It is time to change.