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Liberia Christians say God wants gay sex to stay illegal

Liberian Church and Inter-Religious Council has joined forces to stop the senate from repealing anti-gay laws
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf's spokesman has said she will veto any homosexuality bill that comes across her desk, but that isn't stopping campaiging Liberian Christians.

Extremist Christian groups are campaigning against the legalization of gay sex in the Western African country of Liberia.

Called ‘No to the legalization of homosexuality’, the Liberian Church has forcefully declared their opposition to same-sex marriage and the decriminalization of sodomy.

In a press release, the coalition group says: ‘The majority of Liberians are saying “No to the legalization of homosexualism” in the country because it is opposed to the laws and commandments of God.

‘It corrupts our moral values and contributes to social indiscipline in the society, it is un-African and therefore foreign to our culture and current way of life, and it is a threat to reproduction and future population of our country.

‘It is inherently a conduit for the spread of HIV/AIDS, accepting or approving such a practice brings a curse upon all of our nation, and, to recognize a same-sex marriage prepares our future government to subsequently recognize the marriage of a man to an animal by redefining the universally understood meaning of marriage.’

The Church, which also includes the Interreligious Council, are asking for $10,000 (£6196, €7695) in order to formally launch their campaign on 10 November.

It will cover ‘media publicity, transportation, printing of t-shirts, etc’ to stop the government from removing an amendment which bans marriage between polygamists, family members and members of the same-sex.

Over the past year, anti-gay attacks have increased in Liberia and there have been calls for a ‘Kill The Gays’ bill similar to Uganda. In Liberia, 98% of people are Christian or Muslim and the country's motto is the 'love of liberty brought us here'. 

Gay rights activists have promised they will campaign to have Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Nobel Peace Prize removed if she signs a bill toughening anti-gay laws.

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