Malawi enacts moratorium on anti-gay laws Sarah Paulsworth at 9:01 AM ET
[JURIST] A moratorium [Malawi Today report] has been enacted on Malawi's laws barring same-sex marriage and homosexuality, Malawi Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara announced on Monday. According to him, the laws were suspended [Reuters report] to enable to the country consider permanently nullifying them. Section 153 and 156 [ILGA backgrounder, PDF] of Malawi's Penal Code stipulate 14 years or 5 years imprisonment, respectively, for anyone engaging in male homosexual activity or relationships. This year the law prompted the international community to lessen their aid to Malawi. South Africa is the only country in Africa where same-sex marriage is not prohibited [BBC report].
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