Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Times: Malawi police arrest gay couple after wedding

Tuesday, 29th December 2009 - 11:16CET by Reuters

Two Malawian men were arrested and charged with public indecency, police said today, after becoming the first gay couple to marry in the conservative southern African state where homosexuality is illegal.

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza publicly wed in a symbolic, traditional ceremony on Saturday.

"We arrested them last night at their home and charged them with gross public indecency because
the practice is against the law," police spokesman, Dave Chingwalu, told Reuters.

Homosexuality is banned in Malawi and carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

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