White House Hopes Malawi's Pardon For Gay Couple Marks New Day For Gay Rights Around The World
(AP) CHICAGO (AP) - The White House hopes it's a new day for gay rights in the African nation of Malawi and around the world.
Presidential press secretary Robert Gibbs says the White House was pleased to learn that Malawi's president on Saturday pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 14 years in prison because of their sexual orientation.
Gibbs says in a statement that the men aren't criminals and that their struggle isn't unique. The statement urges an end to what it calls "the persecution and criminalization" of sexual orientation and gender identity. Read more - AP – CBS News
White House applauds pardon of Malawi gay couple facing prison term
By Walter Alarkon - 05/29/10 – The Hill
The Obama administration applauded the Malawi government's pardon of a gay couple facing a 14-year prison term for marrying.
Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika pardoned and released Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga on Saturday. The East African nation had received international pressure for holding homosexuality to be a crime.
Mutharika announced the pardon after meeting with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Malawi. Read more - By Walter Alarkon - 05/29/10 – The Hill