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posted Friday, February 19, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 08

Religion, politics and Africa's homophobia
Barack Obama's criticism of Uganda's anti-gay bill led to rallies in East Africa

By Pumza Fihlani
BBC News, Johannesburg

Since a Ugandan MP proposed the death penalty for some gay people, homophobia has been on the rise in other parts of Africa.

Earlier this month, US President Barack Obama's criticism of the Ugandan proposals led to huge anti-gay rallies in neighbouring Kenya.

Soon after, rumours of a gay wedding near the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa resulted in several arrests - although no evidence was produced and no-one was charged.

Rights groups criticise Pastor Martin Ssempa's fiery rhetoric

For the past few weeks, police in Malawi have been openly pursuing gay activists and anyone suspected of being homosexual.

The Malawian authorities say gay activists should be more open - but say if they do come out into the open they will be arrested because homosexuality is illegal.

full story:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8528409.stm


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