Liberia

The Obama Administration's bold but risky plan to make Africa gay-friendly

MONROVIA, Liberia -- After their private ceremony in the Liberian capital, a newly married gay couple traveled with a small group of friends to a strip of shore known locally as Miami Beach. It was a Sunday in late January, a time of year when the sky is often thick with haze, but the private beach was crowded anyway. The group, mostly young gay men, had just started in on their Club Beer, chicken, and Pringles when another beachgoer walked directly into one of the newlyweds.

In Liberia, Senate weighs anti-gay bill

MONROVIA, Liberia -- This West African nation's Senate today is considering a bill that would outlaw marriage equality and make homosexuality a first-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The bill was presented by Sen. Jewel Taylor, Liberia's former first lady, who is known for her homophobic opinions.

Liberian law currently considers gay relationships a first-degree misdemeanor with a punishment of up to one year in prison.

If the Senate passes the bill, it would then go the House for a vote.

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