August 22, 2014
Officials in Malawi say they have arrested two men for celebrating their engagement to each other in the conservative southern African country.
Attorney General Jane Ansah says the men were charged with
indecency. Those convicted under the law can get five to 14 years
in jail. Police say Blantyre residents Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge
Chimbalanga were arrested Monday after their engagement ceremony
the previous Saturday, which attracted many onlookers. Human rights
activist Gift Trapence says they will appear in court on Monday and
that his group will attempt to seek bail before that.
In Africa, only South Africa has legalized same-sex marriage.
Uganda will soon debate a proposed law that would impose the death
penalty on some gays.
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