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‘Gay marriage will mark the end of the world,’ warns Ivory Coast minister

Friday, July 12, 2013

BROBO, Ivory Coast — Gay marriage is an “aberration” and “will mark the end of the world,” according to Gnamien Konan, Ivory Coast’s Minister of Public Service.

“The marriage consent for same-sex couples will mark the end of the world,” Konan said last week during the inauguration of a new municipality building of Brobo, a city about 260 miles north of the Ivorian capital of Abidjan.

Gnamien Konan

“In the Ivory Coast it [gay marriage] clashes with our cultural and moral values,” he said. “Moreover, it is said that two things of the same nature or body repel or reject. This is an aberration.”

Konan said “the world will ensure its posterity only through an offspring resulting from a union of man and woman.”

“Two persons of the same sex will never procreate, thus undermining our people’s posterity,” he said. “If we say that we work for our offspring, why should we accept the marriage of two persons of the same sex?”

Konan’s attack on same-sex marriage comes after France announced a grant of €45,000 (about $59,000 USD) for an Ivorian charity to help “promote human rights and the fight against discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation”.

Following the grant as well as Konan’s speech, the anti-gay rhetoric was quickly picked up by the Ivory Coast’s media, alleging that Europe was sponsoring “gay Eldorado” in Africa.

Touré Claver, chair of LGBT rights group Alternative Côte d’Ivoire, said that while the situation is comparatively better in the country than in many African states, the idea that Ivory Coast is an “Eldorado” is far from reality.

He stated that cases of lynching are still reported, and in October 9, 2011, a young gay man named Clovis had been severely beaten in Bassam, a town east of Abidjan.

Ivory Coast is one of the few African countries where consensual private same-sex acts are legal and have never criminalized.

However, a 2011 Human Rights Report by the U.S. State Department found societal stigmatization of the LGBT community in the Ivory Coast was reportedly widespread, and the government did not act to counter it during the year.

The report noted that gay men were reportedly subjected to beatings, imprisonment, verbal abuse, humiliation, and extortion by the country’s security forces.

The country’s security forces have recently closed Ivory Coast’s only gay bar.

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  1. Lamebrain!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:02pm
  2. Fuck you and your bigotry and leave us alone.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:02pm
  3. LOL

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:02pm
  4. Then let the world burn!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:03pm
  5. ….. Wow. I can´t believe that there are people this stupid left in the world. Oh, wait. Yes, I can.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:03pm
  6. What a load of crap.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:03pm
  7. His stupidly will out do any of his predictions. Idiot.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:03pm
  8. I wonder how many wieners he has sucked.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:04pm
  9. Bite me!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:04pm
  10. Another freakin NUTCASE!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:04pm
  11. The straight population is doing a pretty good job of destroying this planet.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:04pm
  12. Well then let the world end!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:05pm
  13. Africa is home to the most third world backward people

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:05pm
  14. Uh, Mr. Konan, Columbus already proved there is no end of the world. It just goes round and round kinda like Karma.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:05pm
  15. I guess they can all drink the Kool-Aid now and get it over with

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:05pm
  16. What an idiot

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:05pm
  17. Does this come with a soundtrack by REM?

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:06pm
  18. Yes, this will be the end of the world for homophobes. :)

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:06pm
  19. @thomas L Brown. African homophobia comes directly from the most uncivilized back word people in the world…European colonial powers.

    Learn your history.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:07pm
  20. Then let it begin with the Ivory Coast!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:07pm
  21. Nope. I disagree.

    Rather, the end of your career will mark a new day in the world.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:07pm
  22. Yes because I can see how someone else´s marriage affects your life. *rolls eyes* hell let´s recap famous celeb straight marriages “Britney spears: trainwreck Kim Kardashian:publicity stunt” that makes me lose faith in the concept of marriage. However: Ellen and Portia: lesbian/faithful/long term faith restored.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:07pm
  23. Yes, it will but only the tiny world in his head. The rest of us will got about our business as usual.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:08pm
  24. *obviously gay*

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:08pm
  25. well…let´s evaluate that for a minute. Thousands upon thousands of gay people have already married, and yet the world is still here, and so are the bogted haters like this asshole! Yup, we gays are to blame for everything past, present, and future! except of course, we don´t take blame for your ignorance!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:08pm
  26. will mark the end of HIS world .. a world of hate, judgement, and condemnation… A TRUE follower of Jesus would understand! Clearly he is not!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:08pm
  27. Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:08pm
  28. OH PLEASE….Those Negroes can´t even keep the Pirates from Hijacking eveything in the water…

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:09pm
  29. I hate when people overemphasize African homophobia (that comes from European colonialism) and neglect homophobia and heterosexism from places in Europe and Russia.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:09pm
  30. no, global warming and greed will…

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:09pm
  31. He is the Minister of NO PUBLIC SERVICE! He does the world a dis-service with every breath his stupid ass takes in!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:11pm
  32. And bigotry will not add any time either

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:11pm
  33. Stfu!!! I´m so tired of stupid being the standard……

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:11pm
  34. LOL, didn´t 2012 already come and go?

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:11pm
  35. I love how he points out that gays can´t have kids, yet probably doesn´t give a shit about all the kids that don´t have parents or are in foster homes. Smh. Oh no ! The lgbt community will adopt unwanted children ! What ever will we do?!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:12pm
  36. … and I feel fine!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:12pm
  37. Because everyone is all of a sudden going to turn gay!!! Ahhhhhh

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:12pm
  38. More misdirection from the real threat – the corporations.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:13pm
  39. well, get ahead of the game and take yourself out then, we promise not to miss you

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:14pm
  40. They said the same thing about Un-Wed Mothers

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:15pm
  41. hum rea;lly now

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:15pm
  42. pastor´s such as him would re-crucify Jesus today as a heretic and aberration….

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:15pm
  43. his face is an aberration

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:15pm
  44. Nothing nor anyone can tell.me who to.love… His quotes and his arguments remind me of WWII… Are we the new jewish people? Seems to.me that people are always looking for something to hate throught the ages…

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:15pm
  45. Huh?

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:16pm
  46. Of course, there´s no more room for grace in this world, right? Only for the self-righteous…

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:16pm
  47. the aberation is the close minded buffoons like this asshat! seriously its like interracial relationships in the 60´s and now its common place in 10 years theyll be thumping bible over cell phones or music and this issue will be forgotten

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:17pm
  48. let´s hope so, if not, at least let it get rid of our government

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:19pm
  49. i wonder how many rape victim have he help out. odd how shit come out of his mouth

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:20pm
  50. Wow for real this person needs a readjustment asap someone dropped him at birth

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:21pm
  51. another nut job in office

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:21pm
  52. funny how they said the same thing about interracial couples, and race equality……

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:21pm
  53. This man is an idiot..

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:21pm
  54. Luckily his opinion is not relevant.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:22pm
  55. ignorant mother fucker

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:22pm
  56. No buddy, your backwards-assed stupidity will end the world if anything does.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:22pm
  57. Urg shame ! Poor thing is delusional !

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:23pm
  58. Ummmm we have gay marriage in Cali and the World still here

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:24pm
  59. And, in the mean time, Cameroon´s first female lawyer, is fighting for LGBT rights, and South Africa is the first country to include marriage equality in its constitution. There just might be hope for the Dark Continent despite the destruction imbeciles like he are trying to accomplish.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:25pm
  60. I think that tie will be the end of the world.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:28pm
  61. This is the reason stupid people shouldn´t be allowed to breed.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:28pm
  62. Only as we have always known it!! Changes happen – get use to it.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:28pm
  63. seriously, that´s what´s going to end the world? (sarcasm, in case ya can´t tell). Stupidity and bigotry cause more problems that loving people.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:29pm
  64. That´s what the dinosaurs said, and they were right!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:35pm
  65. hardly sweetheart try global warming, human greed, and lack of respect of other people.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:38pm
  66. he is thinking so earthbound..

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:44pm
  67. How about this go fuck yourself and your “little community it might disrupt, and your views on gay marriage and just go fuck yourself again…..

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:44pm
  68. They are so misguided poor fools. Doesn´t he know that gays control all natural disasters?

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:45pm
  69. hes just being a bigot cause of his past

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:45pm
  70. get real people

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:47pm
  71. he is a bumhole heehee

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:53pm
  72. I think those that mentioned colonial religion have a point. If you think about it how often are the words God, hell and Leviticus all appear in almost all homophobic statements.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:53pm
  73. I wonder if they know how stupid they sound when they say things like this

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:53pm
  74. Another 2012 ? He needs to go die.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:54pm
  75. What a load of crap what planet does he live on, stupid ignorant man .

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 8:58pm
  76. Yuck.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:03pm
  77. Too late, stupid already ruined it

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:06pm
  78. I should flood his house and crush him with an iron meteor :)

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:07pm
  79. One would certainly hope so, at least his hateful world.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:09pm
  80. Just so ignorant and narrow minded !!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:10pm
  81. …says the man dressed like Al Capone.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:11pm
  82. LOL…. idiots all idiots

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:12pm
  83. Tell this jerk to relax, climate change will destroy it. No need to worry.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:15pm
  84. Oh, good! Let´s have a potluck! :-) <3

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:22pm
  85. He needs to think back when he was told he was no more valuable than livestock. Embrace one another and be equal.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:23pm
  86. Gay Marriage will Mark the end of Hater´s thinking they are the only ones in the world who has say !!!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:23pm
  87. Nothing confusing for me. I know what I´m attracted to and not attracted to.
    He´s full of it. And if the world ends, its not due to gay´s, it will be due to religion and the war´s the religion cause.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:27pm
  88. Yes, it will mark the end of the world, your bigoted world, that is.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:27pm
  89. These religious zealots are the catalyst for any “end of the world.” They are failing horribly at showing the non-judgemental love that is supposed to be the driving force of their religions. Either way, all this adversity just makes our same-sex relationships stronger.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:28pm
  90. I wonder if her remembers when his ass was worth less than a bale of cotton, or a couple of livestock animals? People like him should take a look at their own lives, and their own pasts before claiming to know the future of other people´s actions.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:30pm
  91. If the scourge of christianity had not been visited upon Europe, the Americas and Africa, I wonder if we´d even be talking about this.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:31pm
  92. I want the world to end so I dont have to hear this bs!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:31pm
  93. End of the GOP world one would hope

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:38pm
  94. Did he miss that blacks used to be hung from trees?

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:42pm
  95. Ivory Coast being led by an ebony man….. irony.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:43pm
  96. fuck him

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:52pm
  97. Fuck him……asshole!!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:54pm
  98. And idiots like him interpreted the Mayan calendar was accurate and the world would end in 2012. Um…can anyone say inferior mentality.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:56pm
  99. Gee, I thought it would end because of unchecked climate change.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 9:59pm
  100. stupid africans and a stupid religion = real stupidity

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:07pm
  101. stupid africans and a stupid religion = real stupidity

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:07pm
  102. Hold the phone !!!! The world is going to end ?? Lol.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:07pm
  103. Well, it will be the end of his little hetronormative world. I think I could go and cheer him up. Or not, I will be celebrating the end of that world.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:12pm
  104. so if its the end of the world , can i run up a massive bill then if it does not end send the bill to gnamien konan lol

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:14pm
  105. Don´t think my marriage to Bernardo affected anyone but us–although we did make Gavin Newsom Laugh.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:16pm
  106. *bangs head on table repeatedly* I have now I´ve heard everything.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:17pm
  107. Shame!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:33pm
  108. Just so it dont end before Aug. 14th, the date of my marriage

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:36pm
  109. This is the work of U.S. “church´s”!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:56pm
  110. So why didn´t it end when other countries made it legal? Does god only live and dictate his reasoning to the usa. No, he watches over the hole world.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 10:59pm
  111. DERP

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:01pm
  112. Yeah, maybe the end of his world? But for the rest of us, the start of a better world….

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:04pm
  113. What a Hippocrate, look at African American culture & their struggle for there rights… Why would he want anyone or any group go through that?!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:08pm
  114. He should worry more about the faminne or hunger that his country is suffering!

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:20pm
  115. people like this need to be slapped

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:20pm
  116. On 2 December, the Electoral Commission declared that Ouattara had won the election by a margin off 54% to 46%. In response, the Gbagbo-aligned Constitutional Council rejected the declaration, and the government announced that country´s borders had been sealed. An Ivorian military spokesman said, “The air, land and sea border of the country are closed to all movement of people and goods.”

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:31pm
  117. Just one more thing… A large part of the adult population, in particular women, are illiterate. Many children between 6 and 10 years are not enrolled in school. The majority of students in secondary education are male.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:36pm
  118. Lol the end of the world.

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:39pm
  119. That is what people used to say about giving blacks equal rights ….

    Posted on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:48pm
  120. Maybe for you bro, but ours is just beginning

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:01am
  121. Sorry Gnamien Konan, you forcing your religious beliefs down our throat will “mark the end of the world”, not gay marriage (Or as I like to call it: Marriage). You know what will happen if gay people are awarded the right to marry like everyone else? Gays will get married. Nothing else. Nice try. =D

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:17am
  122. Evil ignorant bastard

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:24am
  123. Would, those be… the same “moral values,” that allow men to rape women and then treat them like property!!?

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:33am
  124. and yet ANOTHER black bigot. priceless.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:46am
  125. well….,he should start praying now,to save his bigot ass. He´s in for a surprise when he gets the gates of heaven,he may not be aloud in !

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:46am
  126. Ugh – like the Ivory Coast´s biggest problem is gay marriage??? with thousands of children dying from poverty and disease. He is just an evil human being like most of Africa´s politicians.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:58am
  127. …. is it wrong of me to want to state the obvious, given his racial appearance…
    Just flash back to the 1960´s … and.. well there you have it.
    I think SOME ONE has forgotten what real life is like.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:58am
  128. The world´s not going to end until the sun reaches its red giant phase.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:00am
  129. Yeah, and war, famine and bigotry will have nothing to do with that….sure. Now, moving on to the next absurd statement….

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:03am
  130. As we know it.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:03am
  131. Since Christians with big heads are leaving this world anyway, what does it matter?

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:23am
  132. I suppose gay marriage made you black too huh?.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:44am
  133. wow LUV your coment Fries naa!!!!!!!!!! so way too true dumb asshat done NOT know what he is talking about!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Maybe Jesus will come and say WELL DONE I AM PROUD OF U*!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! rotfflmfao!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:47am
  134. Another idiot “minister” preaching nonsense. He is more likely a closeted Gay man himself, who cannot stand the PROUD Gay people who also get married! Get over your self righteousness and shut up! YOU are not God! Live your life and let others also live theirs. If you cannot help a situation or person, sit down and shut up! Most ministers are doing the very things God condemns. But, passing judgement on everyone else as if God needs help being God.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:01am
  135. how do you know this?

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:10am
  136. Holy war comin´ :)

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:33am
  137. lmao! these guys are to funny pathetic, and should get lives of their own.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:37am
  138. Well kiss your ass goodbye then!

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:38am
  139. “Why, our nation is not contaminated by colonialist views! This is why we changed the name of our country to the name given by our colonisers! Liberté, egalité et fraternité pour les blancs!”

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:50am
  140. so, how many more years does the world need to keep existing before you change your mind?

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:51am
  141. Really.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:58am
  142. Oh boy……. another “religious” nut job!

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3:30am
  143. “It´s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.”

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 4:10am
  144. Welcome to the end of the world Mr, Konan ( You Jerk ! )

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 4:36am
  145. Thank God! That world we did not need!

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 4:38am
  146. Good! Lets get it over with!!! HAHAHAHA!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 4:42am
  147. Really now…..so why does the sun still rise and shine? Seems to me marriage equality is doing just fine in all places it has been legalized. It should be everywhere and when that day arrives the sun, the moon, and the stars will be even brighter!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 4:46am
  148. What an ass..

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 6:29am
  149. more African stupidity

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 7:34am
  150. Sad, sad little monkey.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 8:28am
  151. Welp…I always thought the global warming, capitalism and GMOs would get us first but you know, at least this way is terribly more pleasant.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 9:33am
  152. Another nut case in African politics, and you can bet that NOM is right there egging him on.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:55am
  153. and I suppose he has the proof to back up such a statement?

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:47pm
  154. strange how the “church” does such a poor job of teaching empathy when this douchebag, of all people, should know what persecution should feel like.

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 12:59pm
  155. Umm- YEA? is there an alternative– all things change – so yeah the end of HIS world- and that´s a good thing

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 1:54pm
  156. Isnt that what all Christians look forward to? He should be thanking us

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:21pm
  157. I think we will be fine considering there have been gay people since THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD!!!

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 2:53pm
  158. WOW — I didn´t know that as gay people, we have that much power. Okay everyone, get busy, get wed, get your last meal…

    Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 3:34pm