The World's New Gay State

Malawi Gay Wedding Couple Denied Bail for “Own Protection.”

Posted in Uncategorized by thegaystateblog on January 5, 2010

I woke up today in beautiful but chilly Amsterdam before sunrise and bundled up to head out for coffee, bagels (no, just seeing if you are paying attention) croissants and the morning papers.

And there it was in The Guardian.  My heart sank for the two men who are having their lives torn apart by the Malawi justice system.  But my blood boiled at the outrageous nature of the story.

You have no doubt heard about the Gay couple in Malawi that was arrested at their engagement party.  Ok, you might have thought, they’ll be released, calmer heads will prevail and life will go on.  You may have even added, no harm, no foul.  But that would be way too generous and forgiving of you.

The snapshot provided by The Guardian said it all.  The two men were placed in the back of an open air pick up truck.  Their heads were down, as if embarrassed and humiliated.  You would think they were ashamed of being alive!  To think they went from their engagement party celebrating one of life’s happier moments to this!  They were surrounded by a crowd, by all appearances an unsympathetic crowd, laughing at them and taunting them with remarks you can imagine.

Gentle readers, this is far from one of life’s minor inconveniences that one gets over.  Imagine you and your beloved had your party raided, you were arrested and paraded through town to be mocked and belittled by those who disdain you.

Substitute “Gay couple” in this article for Jewish or Christian or Black (Heterosexual) couple.  The world would be outraged and rightly so.  But for many hundreds of millions of people, the fact that it happened to a Gay couple makes it a non-event.

Now, the officials in Malawi will not release the Gay couple from custody because they are not safe from the angry countrymen.  Let me get this straight, the officials created the atmosphere of hostility and on top of all of the injustice foisted on this couple, now they must remain in prison without bail.  They face up to 14 years in prison each if convicted.  Conviction rests on whether or not it can be proven that they engaged to homosexual conduct with one another.

The world should wake up!  But most likely it will make for a novel news story at best and at worst, nothing, absolutely nothing will be done.  Meanwhile, these men, most likely decent, upstanding men who would have made proud and honorable citizens of our Gay State will probably have their lives ruined over the audacity that they attempted to proclaim their love and devotion to one another.

They are just two more names added to the long list of people openly abused, humiliated and oppressed in a world where non-Gay Heterosexual masters do not give a wit about them.  I pray for them and pray they can hang on until a brighter future is theirs.

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