Liberia’s former first lady last week submitted a bill for consideration in the country’s Senate to strengthen anti-gay laws, Associated Press
Senator Jewel Taylor’s bill would prohibit same-sex marriage and make homosexuality a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
“We are only strengthening the existing law,” she told AP.
“Some media are reporting that I said anyone found guilty of involvement in same sex should face the death penalty. I did not say so.”
The current law considers gay relationships a first-degree misdemeanour, which carries a punishment of up to a year in prison.
Cameroon, another West African nation, announced the arrest of 10 women suspected of being lesbians last week. Consensual same-gender sex is a crime in Cameroon, and punishable by a jail sentence from six months to five years and a fine.