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.

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