Malawi police arrest couple after gay wedding

Tue Dec 29, 2009 9:11am GMT
 

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Two Malawian men were arrested and charged with public indecency, police said on Tuesday, after becoming the first gay couple to marry in the conservative southern African state where homosexuality is illegal.

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza publicly wed in a symbolic, traditional ceremony on Saturday.

"We arrested them last night at their home and charged them with gross public indecency because the practice is against the law," police spokesman, Dave Chingwalu, told Reuters.

Homosexuality is banned in Malawi and carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

Chingwalu said the two men were likely to face further charges and would be held until further investigations have taken place.

(Reporting by Mabvuto Banda; Editing by Serena Chaudhry and Louise Ireland)

 
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