Saturday, August 30, 2014 12:10
Anti-Gay Bill Introduced
Story by Morrison O.G. Sayon
An Act to amend the New Penal Code Chapter 14, Sub Chapter D and to add a new Section 14.80 making Same Sex sexual practices a criminal offence has been introduced in the House of Representatives.
However, in a communication to plenary of the House dated February 6, 2012, Lofa County Representative, Clarence Massaquoi informed the body that Article 5(b) of the 1986 Constitution of the Republic of Liberia makes it a binding duty for Liberia to preserve, protect and promote positive Liberian culture and ensure that the traditional values which are compatible with public policy and national progress are adopted and developed as an integral part of the growing needs of the Liberian society.
Rep. Massaquoi reminded his colleagues that owing to the fact that Liberia is a secular State, it is also obligated to protecting its moral and religious values and therefore cannot and must not subscribe to such ugly practice of same sex that is strange to the African society.
The Act states among other things that immediately after the passage of the Act, Chapter 14, Sub-Chapter D of the New Penal Code will now be amended and that Section 2 Sub-Chapter 14.80 will be added to which states that a person is guilty of Same Sex Sexual practices if he/she has sexual intercourse with another person of the same gender (male/female) with or without the consent of either person.
The Act also states that a person is guilty if he/she purposefully engages in acts that arouses or tend to arouse another person of the same gender (male/female) to have sexual intercourse; willfully, and with total disregard to societal moral dignity, seduces, encourages, promotes another person of the same gender (male/female) to engage into sexual activities.
According to the proposed bill which has been sent into committee room for review, Same Sex Sexual Practices is a felony of the Second degree, and as such the trial of all cases under Chapter 14.80 shall be heard in open Court.
In more legislative news, the Senate had continued confirmation hearing for more presidential nominees. Though the Committee on Transport submitted its report since Monday for due diligence by plenary of the Senate, the body could not reach a decision to either confirm or deny the appointment of Mr. Eugene Nagbe, Minister-designate of Transport Ministry but deferred the decision to Thursday at which time most of the committees shall have submitted their respective reports on the confirmation of nominees.