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Democratic Republic of Congo to consider banning gay sex

Sunday, December 15, 2013

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — A draft bill has been proposed to criminalize gay sex the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

National Assembly Member Steve Mbikayi, the bill’s sponsor, said Saturday the bill is necessary in order to “preserve African values,” which, he insists, “have never tolerated romantic relationships between persons of the same sex.”

DRC-mapSame-sex sexual activity is legal the DRC, as homosexual acts have never been explicitly outlawed in the country’s history.

Nevertheless, the U.S. Department of State’s 2010 Human Rights Report found that “individuals engaging in public displays of homosexuality were subject to prosecution under public decency provisions in the penal code and articles in the 2006 law on sexual violence.”

Mbikayi said the legislation is important and needed in order to avoid “moral depravity” and protect the Congolese youth from “western morals.”

“Given the [direction the] wind is blowing around the world, and since most African countries ban homosexuality, we have legal vacuum that is screaming [for attention],” he said. “As it were, silence implies consent.”

Mbikayi said he introduced the bill “to protect Congolese youth and our people against these practices.”

“It is not normal to watch on TV people promoting homosexuality, lesbians, gays, bisexuals or transgender, in theaters or movies,” he said. “We should not blindly copy what is done there Indiana … and give this culture to our children.”
Steve Mbikayi did disclose the bill’s details, which he said he drafted last month and hopes it will gain popular approval.

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Denis Bouwen, Editor of the CongoForum and an LGBT rights activist, told LGBTQ Nation: “If I have to speculate about his motives, maybe Mbikayi wants to attract attention to himself and expand his reputation. Perhaps he has ties with churches trying to influence African countries to maintain or introduce homophobic laws.

Bouwen said that Evangelical churches are growing in mainly Catholic Congo, and “often these are real businesses run by pastors/business men, it’s a real pest I think. I think it’s likely they are allied with US evangelical churches.”

“What offends me most is the fact that the Congolese population has other priorities: poverty, social conditions, unemployment, health care, education,” said Bouwen. “Attacking gays is so out of touch with reality, except for those who want to distract people’s minds of course.”

The bill, introduced Friday, comes just two days after the Supreme Court of India reversed a 2009 lower court order that had decriminalized gay sex.

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  1. GGGRRR :(

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:48am
  2. bullshit

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:48am
  3. They should be considering banning all the killings and murders from the genocide and not gay sex! Retarded priorities!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:48am
  4. ffs….

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:49am
  5. GRRRR..AND BULLSHIT!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:50am
  6. No such thing. If I was gay I’d still be having “gay sex” if it was banned. Shit if I lived here I’d want to have “gay sex” although I’m not gay just to be deviant.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:51am
  7. The problem is that in such societies,they end up inciting others to kill lgbts,this ends up in sheer horror for us in these regions where this happen.

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:41am
  8. Yeah, because that’s how you get rid of homosexual rape. Maker consensual gay sex illegal. SMH!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:52am
  9. what a suprize congo happens to be in africa

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:52am
  10. It’s a 3rd world country that isn’t going to amount to anything because they would rather kill each other friggin’ idiot back assward country.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:53am
  11. Well at least it makes the ignorance in America seem a little bit better.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:53am
  12. Damn! Because I was hoping to get married there.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:53am
  13. They should ban rape instead.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:53am
  14. dicks

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:54am
  15. Good luck with that!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:54am
  16. they can’t ban rebels and they want to ban gays? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:54am
  17. They need to be worrying a lot of other things. Nearly all of Africa is a mess with wars among their own people. And maybe they should be thinking about child brides, mutilation and women’s rights.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:55am
  18. They’ve got much bigger problems I’d say #Onthewaytoafailedstate

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:55am
  19. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't it a country ? Not state ?

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:58am
  20. I anxiously await these African countries to ban ignorance.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:55am
  21. We will both be dead and buried before that happens.

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:38am
  22. No

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:55am
  23. They want to ban this but they will allow men to marry young girls and have sex. Why don’t the governments of the world just let us get married and adopt and stay out of our personal business.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:56am
  24. Ridiculous!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:56am
  25. And change the name of the country… because Democratic?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:56am
  26. It saddens me that the youth will grow up in a world no understanding their emotions and having their feelings be illegal. It’s gross to think this country is going backwards in history. If he really wants to help the youth he needs to make it comfortable for them to understand the world and except it not deem it illegal.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:56am
  27. I’m so sick of hearing all this fucking negativity on this site !!!! I ‘m unliking it !!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:56am
  28. Im not surprised, it’s Africa.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:57am
  29. does not sound democratic to me.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:57am
  30. how much do you want to bet that NOM is behind this they have been traveling around world spreading their hate.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:59am
  31. They cant get the support here so they go where there are people who are less educated and fortunate and promise them $$$ and INFLUENCE in exchange for lobbying against gays. Disturbing!

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:32am
  32. Ugh

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:59am
  33. And if they love Nelson Mandela soo much then listen to the mans words !

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:00am
  34. off my bucket list !

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:01am
  35. *facepalm*

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:01am
  36. Ameer I meant the term state as a political state. Same as a country in this case. In IR a state=a country

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:01am
  37. Why are they so stupid?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:03am
  38. Maybe they should worry more about the genocide and systematic rape that’s happening there.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:05am
  39. They better not. If they do they better expect some cut funds from the west. In fact e should cut giving money to are allies who ban lgbt.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:05am
  40. Next..Sandals resorts will build a spa vacation spot there. Cracker Barrel and Chick Filet are considering franchises also.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:05am
  41. This doesn’t make sense to me

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:06am
  42. how sad

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:06am
  43. Guess I won’t be moving there!!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:08am
  44. Give me a blow gun, I wanna do a drive by.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:08am
  45. Bad move.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:09am
  46. The DRC is not “Democratic”, of only. It is a violent, damaged “failed state” with warring militias raping, pillaging & terrorising at will !! One would think that they had better things to attend to than persecuting LGBTQ people !! Or are we to be the Scapegoats for all their mistakes & failures ??

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:10am
  47. I think the DRC has greater cares to fret about than the gays.

    Replied on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:19am
  48. I bet they think morality equals success. Guess they’ve never met the Kardashians.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:13am
  49. Not happy unless they are murdering somebody.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:14am
  50. And they have the stones to call themselves a “Democratic Republic”?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:14am
  51. Sounds like they are 2013 years late on this ban.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:16am
  52. Remind me to ban the Democratic Republic of the Congo from any of my travel plans….ever.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:16am
  53. Its also banned in virginia usa. Who even goes there?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:20am
  54. Considering Pat Robertson owns one of the biggest diamond mines there this doesn’t really surprise me in the least.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:23am
  55. Honestly…that place has bigger concerns

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:24am
  56. Thank you American Fundamentalists for spreading your ilk for the sake of money.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:24am
  57. Quick question: How in FUCK would they know?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:25am
  58. OMG its getting worse in Africa! I honestly think in MY OPINION in a way I feel like we’re spoiled brats talking about marriage equality, we ought to be lucky & thankful that we can hold hands and kiss in public where in countries within Africa & the Middle East were you can be killed by law, when in this country you’ll just get strange looks. SMH Christianity & Islam just ruined the people of Africa to the core.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:27am
  59. Is anyone really surprised?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:27am
  60. You can ban for all i care .. We have no intentions of visiting moreso investing in your country .. You keep your country to yourself and keep all your people too.. It will NEVER AFFECT US ANYWAY..

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:28am
  61. Backward African leader,

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:28am
  62. No brains … How many gay and lesbians are in hiding now?? Hahah just move to a different country

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:29am
  63. Brilliant.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:32am
  64. Evangelicals attempting to destroy another nation?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:32am
  65. they need to stop worrying about gay sex and worrying about adults molesting kids

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:35am
  66. Christian missionaries buy and pay for these laws by giving their food, medical, financial aid. Stupid missionaries, putting us back in the dark ages one country at a s time.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:45am
  67. No gay people, but sure why the fuck dont we allow children to kill and rape in the drc child armies…. Fuck this world!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:48am
  68. How can a law stop anyone for loving who they want? I guess there’s going to be a lot if murders. You simply cannot stop man on man love its written in our DNA

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:51am
  69. For all intents and purposes, the DRC pretty much has no ruling government. With the exception of Somalia, it is probably the most broken “nation” on earth, and would be broken into many different countries if every group or militia force that thinks they’re boss was given a permanent stake. As terrible as this law is, for the LGBT community of the DRC or any other country implementing it, I don’t think it will have much of an impact. I would think people living there would be more concerned about finding food or not being murdered then about turning in their neighbor for having “gay sex,” but maybe I’m wrong. Regardless though, Kinshasa’s priorities are obviously far, far beyond just in the wrong place. This almost makes it seem like they’re giving up on their people. They’re basically saying fuck education, healthcare, poverty, warlords, all these issues that are killing our citizens en masse. Instead, let’s attack the gays. Ugh.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:52am
  70. Omg..will we ever learn:(

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:55am
  71. should worry about the turmoil going on and less about the LTGB Community! Man Africa is waaay behind and sooo late. That you were the motherland now your just the evil stepmother land!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:07am
  72. not quite as democratic as the name suggests

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:07am
  73. I think the DRC has greater cares to fret about than the gays.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:19am
  74. DUMB!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:24am
  75. Africa has become….SMDH

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:27am
  76. Shocking

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:31am
  77. Africa is fast becoming a living Hell for gay people. We have the heavy presence American evangelicals partly to thank.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:34am
  78. i thought it already was criminal in Congo Bongo… :P

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:39am
  79. Congo don’t consider banning a private act that’s none of your biznass

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:51am
  80. So I consider banning Congo. And those with power that is exploiting the country. Shame on you. Believe me, be naïve and ignorant and one day it will blow in your face when you least expected. Power and money don’t rule the world, love will win over all of those who think there on the top, the drop and fall will be hurting you lolll

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:53am
  81. So because they live in a part of the world that most of you won’t ever want to visit, “who cares”? EQUALITY FOR ALL. Tht’s the kind of mentality we need to maintain to make the WORLD a better place, not just the U.S. Shame on some of you..

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 4:57am
  82. Shit country does something shitty. Gasp.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:09am
  83. Who are they going to blame next when they realize that banning gay sex didn’t solve all of their problems?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:17am
  84. They can’t even run a railroad. What a joke!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:19am
  85. all these shit whole African countries..hey how about the u.s. of thinking of not sending you any more money or aid?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:25am
  86. Ughhhh

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:49am
  87. Gay sex is the least of their worries.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:57am
  88. Let’s just boycott all African nations as they sound primitive and narrow minded and backward

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 5:59am
  89. Awful!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:13am
  90. Having lived on the borders of the Congo for some years a long time ago, I can say from knowledge that there has always been gays there the same as in any other country. WHAT ON EARTH IS ALL THE TROUBLE ABOUT ROMAYNE

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:23am
  91. They have a government? What else is new in the part of hell called Africa?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:37am
  92. American Evangelicals have spread their poisonous hate throughout the developing world.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:43am
  93. American should butt the fuck out of the rest of world. They destroy everywhere they go and undermine everything they touch.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:45am
  94. How are they going to enforce this? The DRC barely exists as a functioning country any more.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:47am
  95. stay out of the congo!!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 8:13am
  96. Stop aid!!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 8:31am
  97. Hope Britain and EU countries would focus on EU issues instead if sending international aid to that country

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 8:34am
  98. Sad times…highly religious areas always have this problem

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 9:06am
  99. The HIV epidemic is larger than the gay population there and it’s mostly because of rape. Well you can cure a lot of things but ignorance and idiocy are among the ones you can’t.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 9:16am
  100. Dude, we’ve known that living in the DRC sucked since forever…

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 9:58am
  101. To preserve African values my arse; to promote evangelical Missionaries twisted bullying beliefs that they aren’t educated or civilised if they don’t discriminate is more like. For a race treated so badly u’d've thought they’d learn over time but they are bigger bigots.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 10:15am
  102. The kind of decision that will keep them from ever being thought of as a developed country.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:01am
  103. How stupid!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:14am
  104. That will stop it for sure!!!!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 11:16am
  105. We can thank Christians for this idiocy.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:10pm
  106. They cannot feed their people this is what they are working on?

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:13pm
  107. Here comes the avalanche in the wake of India’s ruling! i would love to know what horse trading has been going on ‘behind-the-scenes’, with rabid, militant US Christian extremists!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:20pm
  108. they should forbad them selfs.. :D

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:37pm
  109. Withdraw aid.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:37pm
  110. before, I really think we should keep God’s word First n legalize slavery!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:38pm
  111. Of all the things wrong in that country they opt to criminalise homosexuals, makes sense…

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:55pm
  112. Unreal

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:55pm
  113. yep…..we are going back to medieval times…….

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:18pm
  114. I mea of course they are. Throw another 3rd world country onto the list. #SMH #FirstTimeUsingSMHasAThing

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:23pm
  115. They ought to consider banning something far more reasonable, like, dark skin color.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:27pm
  116. how about banning RAPE of CHILDREN?????

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 1:32pm
  117. Gay Americans pay taxes that the Dept of State uses for foreign aid.
    NOT ONE MORE DIME of gay tax dollars to these anti-gay bigots regardless of what color they are.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:00pm
  118. These African countries who persecute gay citizens seem obsessed with honoring their past colonial masters. Homophobia is not an indigenous African tradition, it’s something they learned from their oppressors.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:28pm
  119. What you expect from a fucktard society. Shame.

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:47pm
  120. What do you expect from a backward third world country?!!

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 2:58pm
  121. Backwards Bigots! LOL

    Posted on Monday, December 16, 2013 at 3:07pm