Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mugabe to ‘propose’ to Obama over new US same sex marriage law

Unimpressed by the United States' Supreme Court's favourable decision towards same sex marriage, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe expressed his opinion on the matter, saying that he will ask for President Barack Obama's hand in marriage

During his weekly interview on national radio, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe on Saturday expressed his displeasure at the recent ruling by the United States’ Supreme Court ruling which legalises same sex marriage in the country, according to Newsweek.
The spirited 90 year-old leader, one of the world’s most vocal nemeses of gay rights, seemed to suggest that President Barack Obama is gay by allowing this to happen under his watch.
“I’ve just concluded – since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance – thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington, DC, get down on my knee and ask his hand.”
His comments came just hours after the US Supreme Court legalised gay marriage across all the country’s states, prompting a multitude of same-sex couples to get married. The momentous decision saw the Empire State Building and the White House lit up in the rainbow lights representing the LGBT community.
The White House lit up in the rainbow colours of the LGBT flag. Photo: EPA
The White House lit up in the rainbow colours of the LGBT flag. Photo: EPA
It’s hard to imagine that Mugabe’s words are isolated on the continent. After all, most of Africa has a pretty hostile attitude towards homosexuality – over 30 states mete out a prison term for homosexuality-related ‘crimes’ and some countries even impose the death penalty. Only South Africa has fully liberal gay rights’ laws and recognises same sex marriage.
Meanwhile, Obama hasn’t responded to Mugabe’s proposal idea. Perhaps we’d be expecting too much if we’d be waiting for one. But it’s safe to say that the Zimbabwean president would sooner marry a man than permit the legalisation of same sex marriage in his country.

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