These prints rock.
Ten women in Cameroon were arrested and are being detained because of suspicions that they’re lesbians. They could face anywhere from six months to five years in jail, as well as a fine.
Conditions are certainly worsening for LGBT people in some African nations: Liberia is considering a bill banning same-sex marriage and making homosexuality a first-degree felony with a penalty of 10 years in jail. Some media have even reported the possibility of a death sentence for gays in Liberia, but the nation’s First Lady, who submitted the bill, says this is not true.
A little more background from the Washington Post:
Contempt for homosexuals has led to anti-gay legal measures elsewhere in Africa. Last year, Nigeria’s Senate voted in favor of a bill that would criminalize gay marriage, gay advocacy groups and same-sex public displays of affection. Two years ago, Ugandan legislators introduced a bill that would impose the death penalty for some gays and lesbians, though it has yet to become law.
This is not good, friends. We cannot stand idly by and let this become a norm.
I think it’s important to point out that most (if not all) developing societies have a similar history with institutionalized heterosexism and cultural homophobia.
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Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger. (Ephesians 6:4)
Your children or any any one else. ehh. Santorim, Gingrich, Romney.
For weeks this winter, as Newt Gingrich’s presidential hopes faltered under the weight of millions of dollars in attack ads paid for by backers of Mitt Romney, a small group of Gingrich supporters quietly lobbied for help from one of the richest men in America: Sheldon Adelson, a billionaire casino owner and Mr. Gingrich’s longtime friend and patron.
Mr. Romney’s supporters were also calling, imploring Mr. Adelson to stay out of the race.
By the time Mr. Gingrich limped into New Hampshire, some of his top backers had given up on Mr. Adelson and begun prospecting elsewhere, including among erstwhile supporters of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, to finance the counterattack they believed could salvage Mr. Gingrich’s campaign.
But on Friday, the cavalry suddenly arrived: a $5 million check from Mr. Adelson to Winning Our Future, a super PAC that supports Mr. Gingrich. By Monday morning, the group had reserved more than $3.4 million in advertising time in South Carolina, a huge sum of money in a state where the airwaves come cheap and the Republican presidential primary is just 11 days away.
The last-minute injection underscores how last year’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance has made it possible for a wealthy individual to influence an election. Mr. Adelson’s contribution to the super PAC is 1,000 times as much as the $5,000 he could legally donate directly to Mr. Gingrich’s campaign this year.