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Zimbabwe Leaders Denounce Gay Rights


Zimbabwe prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai said he agreed with remarks by President Robert Mugabe that denounced attempts to put gay rights in the country's new constitution.

According to the BBC, "President Mugabe told a belated celebration of International Women's Day that he had recently learned of moves to introduce gay rights in the new constitution currently being discussed.

"'That issue is not debatable, it's not up for discussion,' he said, according to the state-owned Herald newspaper.

"'It is just madness, insanity. The ancestors will turn in their graves should we allow this to happen.'

"And Mr Tsvangirai said he agreed."

"'Women make up 52% of the population ... There are more women than men, so why should men be proposing to men?'" asked Tsvangirai.

Homosexual acts are illegal in Zimbabwe. The comments from the country's leaders arrive as outcries against gay rights have occurred in other African countries, including Uganda, Malawi, and Kenya.

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