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Sierra Leone says no to gay marriage

2011-11-09 10:17

Freetown - Sierra Leone's political and church leaders on Tuesday ruled out legalising same-sex marriages in the West African state, after a British threat to cut aid to nations not recognising gay rights.

Deputy Information Minister, Sheka Tarawallie told reporters that "it is not possible that we will legalise same sex marriages as they run counter to our culture".

He was responding to a warning from British Prime Minister David Cameron last month that London may withhold aid from countries that do not recognise gay rights.

Speaking at a Commonwealth summit in Australia, Cameron stressed that "we want to see countries that receive our aid adhering to proper human rights, and that includes how people treat gay and lesbian people".

The President of the 500 000-strong Methodist Church in Sierra Leone, Bishop Arnold Temple echoed the information minister's objections to Cameron's warning.

"The church in Sierra Leone will do everything possible to protect democracy but our values will not accept the call from British Prime Minister, Mr Cameron for countries in the Commonwealth like Sierra Leone to accept the practice of lesbianism and gayism," the bishop said.

"We call on the government of Sierra Leone to inform the British leader that such practices are unacceptable and we condemn it totally," the cleric added.

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"Africa should not be seen as a continent in need to be influenced by the demonic threat as our values are totally different," he stressed.

Cameron's comments also drew widespread criticism among ordinary Sierra Leoneans.

Taiwo Colem a 70-year-old grandmother, asked "are there not enough women in the world to ensure a man does not have to marry another man"?

But gay activist Ronald Tucker from the 'Why can't we get married' group countered that "nobody has the right to stop us from engaging in same-sex marriages".

"The British prime minister should call the bluff of African States by withholding all financial assistance until they agree to enact laws protecting same sex marriages," he said.

During his comments to Commonwealth Summit on October 30, Cameron admitted that change would not happen overnight, saying: "They are in a different place from us on this issue... I think these countries are all on a journey and it's up to us to try and help them along on that journey."

Comments
  • Jeff - 2011-11-09 10:46

    Not surprising that Britain is totally messed up. Liberals are the downfall of the west.

      darko.simeunovic - 2011-11-09 10:51

      Cameron is a conservative btw...

      Phoenix - 2011-11-09 11:05

      Yes people wanting to be treated equally and humanely is definitely a bad thing.

      George - 2011-11-09 12:36

      Why does Britain insists that other countries should recognise homosexuality when it does not recognise polygamy? I mean if two males are allowed agree to penetrate each other in the anus and marry why are three consenting adults not allowed to join in marriage. The logic is bizzare. According to the British two men are allowed to marry, have anal sex and that is deemed moral by the British, yet a man is not allowed to marry two adult consenting women as it is immoral. Hypocrites!!! Both homosexuality and polygamy should be allowed.

  • JMan - 2011-11-09 10:47

    "are there not enough women in the world to ensure a man does not have to marry another man"?" HAHAHA Priceless! :)

  • darko.simeunovic - 2011-11-09 11:00

    Britain did not ask for legalising gay marriages but abolishment of discriminating laws against gays and lesbians...Its always easier to defend your tough stance by bringing discussion to the next level, in this case the marriage, its a complete digression from initial request.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-11-09 11:12

    no country has the right to dictate moral standing to another, Britain's record over the last 40 years makes it one of the least deserving of the right to dictate anything to anyone.

      kwadwo.o.owusu - 2011-11-10 09:04

      Surely a country is at liberty to decide who receives its aid, and the conditions attached to such aid. Despite its dubious track record, Britain is well within its rights to require that certain conditions be met before handing cheques over...

      solomon.matli - 2012-07-05 12:53

      Ic agree, no country must threaten to stop aid 2 another 1 in exchange of imposing its policies

  • juliusedwa - 2011-11-09 11:50

    IS BRITAIN AID FOR EXCHANGE WITH GAY MARRIGE?

  • jeremy.schaffner1 - 2011-11-09 12:38

    Thank God there are still a few countries left where sober thinking and judgement have not gone out the window, and where they are prepared to stand up against the militant sodomite agenda

      Louis - 2011-11-09 12:41

      Please enlighten us, what would this so-called 'militant sodomite agenda' be?

      mbossenger - 2011-11-09 12:45

      Militant sodomite agenda? I'm intrigued....

      Mike - 2011-11-09 13:01

      Homosexuality is about as important to me as the colour of your hair. We should incarcerate bigots and remove them from society. What is the obsession with people's sexuality phucken bronze age thinkers!!!!!

      jeremy.schaffner1 - 2011-11-09 13:19

      Well, I am surprised that you need this explained to you, but here it is: Wherever you go in the world, and whatever media you are exposed to, there is this in-your-face thing about homosexuality just being an alternative life style when for many of us, dare I say the majority(?), it is nothing of the sort, yet it is pushed down our throats all the time. The UK & US governments (read Hilary Clinton)plus the UN put enormous pressure on other countries to "toe the line" as it were. Anyone, including those who stand on what the bible says about it, who give opinions or make a statements to the contrary can expect a massive reaction, undisguised vitriole, extreme hatred, law suits, threats, and what not. That is an agenda, and it is militant.

      darko.simeunovic - 2011-11-09 14:17

      Y'know I have never heard of human being stoned for performing heterosexual acts but surely its not militant to stone another human being for homosexual act, or hang or torture, imprison, rape etc...and I saw bible somewhere mentioned so its okay I get it, no need to further "enlighten" us...

      Louis - 2011-11-09 14:25

      Yeah darko... at least when they run out of stones they can start thowing the bible... There is a saying that says: "Never argue with fools and idiots. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience every time"

      Phoenix - 2011-11-09 17:03

      Yes Jeremy fortunately gay people are used to heterosexuality being rammed down their throats constantly - sortof in your face a bit when every advert and image you see in the media is heterosexual and you are not. Gay people being killed and stoned in may countries all over the world... that is a touch militant don't you think? Or does that make you happy?

  • Janice - 2011-11-09 22:05

    Full human rights belong to every individual on earth and should not be controlled by others. As long as some people are not free, others will have to spend time keeping them down. I urge Sierra Leone to reconsider their stance that does not benefit all citizens in their country.

  • farleybah - 2011-11-11 18:14

    Gay marriage is western culture and I believe it has nothing to do with genetics. The genetics theory about gay and gay marriages are all fantacy in west. Is hightime we left accepting charity and aids in Africa in exchange of our culture and ideas and values.

  • K - 2011-11-12 16:11

    Don't tackle the Gays. Tackle the Lesbians too. I will NEVER accept the marriage between two Men or two Women. But I have no right to judge.

      Mohamed Salieu Kamara - 2013-10-13 17:50

      LGBT issue is a rather new phenomenon in Sierra Leone. This issue became a talking point some time after the decade long war in this country when the Dignity Association was formed in 2002, to campaign for LGBT rights. It is true that Sierra Leoneans use to hear about same-sex sexual activities in both sexes, with less attention given to female same-sex sexual activities. Male same-sex sexual activities were generally looked upon as an aberration but not taken seriously. Almost everybody thought that men in same-sex relationships were bisexuals. It was only when gays and lesbians began to come out in the open and press for rights that the LGBT issue started to raise eye-brows. It was at this point that people began to realize that there are those whose sexual orientation is same-sex. The general perception of same-sex relationships in Sierra Leone is that it is practiced by foreigners, especially by white people. And the black people in same sex sexual activities are not many. Most people were shocked when their fellow Sierra Leoneans wanted same-sex relationship recognition.

  • K - 2011-11-12 16:13

    Sierra Leone - Stick to your ruling.

  • Bridget - 2011-11-15 12:42

    Cameron should immigrate to Britan so he could exercise his demonic right...Why should Africa compromise it's values just becouse Britan say so pls man.

  • pcaulker - 2012-01-29 17:44

    We Sierra Leonean wil not allow people to bring their EVIL into our country. This is what they have been doing.Now everywhere is problem.GOD is totaly against it so as well.

  • pcaulker - 2012-01-29 17:51

    We Sierra Leonean will not allow such EVIL in our country.Is against God will.Is that the second plan to distory people?

  • Martin Orbidans - 2013-10-14 01:15

    Grow up

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