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Monday, July 19, 2010

Mugabe: polygamy is no slippery slope

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe has given a new spin to a familiar argument used by opponents of gay marriage; allowing gay marriages inevitably opens the legal door to polygamy. Mugabe said the exact opposite in a recent speech - that allowing polygamy in Zimbabwe is in no way a legal precedent justifying gay marriage, reassuring the citizens of Zimbabwe that no one will be forced into a monogamous marriage:
Addressing a gathering of pilgrims from across Africa in Marange on Saturday, to mark the Johanne Marange Apostolic Sect’s annual Passover, Mugabe once again castigated gays and lesbians describing them as worse than pigs and dogs.

He said it was better to marry many wives than to engage in gay and lesbian relationships.

“Our Constitution allows polygamy. We will not force people into monogamous marriages. It’s there even in the bible - Solomon was not only given wealth but many wives,” said Mugabe who had children with current wife Grace while former first lady Sally Mugabe was still alive.

He said the apostolic sect therefore had a right to be polygamous.

Mugabe also apologized for comparing homosexuals to pigs and dogs, saying that this was an insult to pigs and dogs:
“At some point, I realised that I was reprimanding blameless dogs and pigs, which are aware that marriage is for procreation. “We say no to gays! We will not listen to those advocating the inclusion of their rights in the constitution,” charged Mugabe.

Well, Bob - thanks for clearing that up.

(HT: Towleroad)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The old man is insane. Hard to understand why he is still President of Zimbabwa. What a shame for the country and shameful that many in the west support this degenerate. Cheers.