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Zimbabwe PM Denounces Homosexuality

in ZIMBABWE, 08/03/2013

Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has spoken out against homosexuality and said that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has spoken out against homosexuality and said that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Tsvangirai was speaking in a meeting in Harare last night when he denounced homosexuality and said marriages should be between a man and a woman, reports The Herald.

'In the draft Constitution, we said marriage is between a man and a woman and those who want to marry another from the same sex, then they have a problem. Why do you want to sleep with another man?'

(READ: Political Machinations Seen In Zimbabwe Explicitly Ban On Same Sex Marriages)

The remarks come hot on the heels as Zimbabwe prepares to hold a national referendum on its draft Constitution. Ballot papers are being printed and polling stations set up in preparations for the country's referendum Saturday.

 

PM Tsvangirai's remarks are a marked departure from his earlier sentiments, especially to foreign media, where he seemed open to gay rights as opposed to Robert Mugabe who has publicly denounced homosexuality.

The draft Constitution explicitly outlaws same sex marriages with many LGBT activists worrying it can be used to crack down further on their activities.

(READ: Passage Of Constitution Will Be Bad News, LGBT Activists Say)

Zimbabwe's power-sharing government was formed in 2009, after the bitterly contested presidential election a year before.

Robert Mugabe serves as president, while Morgan Tsvangirai is prime minister. But Mugabe's party is in charge, and although Tsvangirai's MDC party tries to push its policies through, it is not always successful.

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