Two Malawian men became the first gay couple in their country to publicly tie the knot, the Nation newspaper reported on Monday, risking arrest in the conservative southern African state where homosexuality is illegal.
According to Reuters:
Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were married in a traditional but symbolic ceremony in southern Malawi on Saturday, attracting hundreds of curious onlookers.
“We met at church where we both pray and we have been together for the last five months … I have never been interested in a woman,” Monjeza told The Nation newspaper.
Homosexuality is banned in Malawi and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years.
“I have just read about it (the marriage) in the press and the law in Malawi does not allow such practice and therefore the law will have to take its course,” Attorney General Jane Ansah told Reuters.