Madonna Declares That She’s Totally Not Down With Malawi’s “Gays in Prison” Policy

Alex Blagg | May 21, 2010 - 1:30 pm

Orphaned children aren’t the only citizens of Malawi that Madonna is concerned about. The Material Mom took to the media yesterday to express her outrage over the imprisonment of two Malawian gay men for “unnatural acts and gross indecency.”

In a ruling handed down yesterday in Blantyre, Malawi, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 33, and Steven Monjeza, 25, were both sentenced to 14 years of hard labor in prison after holding an engagement party, news of which leaked to the press.

Decrying the ruling, Madonna fumed,

“Today, Malawi took a giant step backward. The world is filled with pain and suffering; therefore, we must support our basic human right to love and be loved….I am shocked and saddened by the decision made by the Malawian court, which sentenced two innocent men to prison. As a matter of principle, I believe in equal rights for all people, no matter what their gender, race, color, religion, or sexual orientation.”

Not surprisingly, the magistrate in the case sees things differently. After handing down the ruling, Nyakwawa Usiwa Usiwa noted that he was particularly upset that the couple had made their relationship public with an engagement party:

“I do not believe Malawi is ready at this point in time to see its sons…cohabitating, or conducting engagement ceremonies. Malawi is not ready to smile at her daughters marrying each other. Let posterity judge this judgment.”

The couple’s lawyer, Mauya Msuku, is expected to appeal the decision. Maybe Madge can extend her charitable efforts in Malawi and kick in for their defense fund?