Originally published on Advocate.com February 15 2012 7:26 PM ET
The president of the West African nation of Gambia has forcefully denounced gay rights, joining several African leaders in recent months who have done so despite international calls for an end to anti-LGBT discrimination and violence from the U.S. and other nations.
IOL News reports on Gambian president Yahya Jammeh’s recent remarks:
“We know what human rights are. Human beings of the same sex cannot marry or date,” Jammeh said while swearing in 15 ministers of his new government.
“If you think it is human rights to destroy our culture, you are making a great mistake because if you are in the Gambia, you are in the wrong place then,” he added.
In 2008, Jammeh gave an ultimatum to homosexuals to leave the country and vowed to “cut off the head” of any homosexual found in the Gambia.
Read the report here.