Liberia Considers Bill Criminalizing Same-Sex Marriages

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com February 27 2012 1:59 PM ET

Lawmakers in Liberia are expected to consider a bill this week that would outlaw and criminalize same-sex marriage.

All Africa reports the west African nation’s House of Representatives will consider the bill Tuesday. A similar proposed amendment by Sen. Jewel Taylor, the country’s former first lady, has already been offered in the Senate and calls for criminal penalties for same-sex marriage (text of the legislation here via Warren Throckmorton).

According to the U.S. State Department, the country bans homosexual acts (or “voluntary sodomy”) with penalties of up to one year in prison.

Read the All Africa report here.