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Liberian Senate Passes Constitutional Ban on Gay Marriage

The Liberian Senate Tuesday approved an anti-gay-law criminalising gay marriages in the west African state.

AFP has the report:

The Liberian Senate on Friday voted unanimously to approve a constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage between gay couples.

While homosexuality is considered taboo in Liberia, and ‘voluntary sodomy’ considered a criminal offence, the question of gay marriage had not been expressly addressed in law.

The amendment was made to section 2.3 of the constitution, which bans marriage between people who are already wedded to others and between close family members.

It adds “or persons of the same sex” to the text, as read by the chairman of the judiciary committee Joseph Nagbe.
However, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has the final say and has previously said she would veto any bill on homosexuality, whether to legalise it or to toughen laws.

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