Last week, while we were planning our romantic, elegant, legal, safe, same-sex wedding in Canada, a gay couple across the world in Malawi was being sentenced to 14 years in prison -- hard labour, no less -- for announcing their engagement.
Is that ass-backwards crazy or what?
Yes, sure, I know that here in Canada where same-sex marriage is legal we are fortunate and advanced in terms of equality, and that many other places have to catch the hell up. But still... throw guys in jail for 14 years for wanting to get married? Seriously?
So... what the fuck is wrong with Malawi?
I had never heard of Malawi prior to Madonna adopting her son there, and then again with this court case. And no shocker here I heart Madonna, who has spoken out against this sentence for "the crime of homosexuality". And yet Madonna is still raising money for this country through her charity at http://www.raisingmalawi.org/. Should she be?
Malawi is dependent on foreign aid from places like the US and the UK. Shouldn't they be doing something here? Are our governments even speaking out against this?
Columnist Dan Savage has it right at http://www.thestranger.com/: Malawi "can have its rabid anti-gay bigotry or it can have foreign aid. It can't have both."