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Liberian Anti-Gay Group Issues Hit List

The Associated Press is reporting that an anti-gay group in Liberia distributed flyers listing the names of gay rights supporters and threatening violence against them. The Movement Against Gays in Liberia, which distributed the flyer over the weekend, promised “to go after them using all means in life.” One supposed member of the group, Moses Tapleh, was quoted as saying, “We will get to them one by one,” and said those activists could face “flogging and death.” Currently, Liberian law criminalizes “voluntary sodomy,” with punishments of up to a year in prison, but two new bills have been introduced to make same-sex activity and marriage a felony, with longer prison sentences for each. Last month, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Prize winner, said she would not sign a law to decriminalize homosexuality, but predicted the two new bills would not make it through the legislature.

-Zachary Bernstein

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