Madonna Saves Gay Malawian Couple From 14 Years Hard Labor

Does the power of Madonna know no bounds?

Bowing to pressure placed upon them by the Material Mom, the Malawian government has released Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalangal, a gay couple who had been sentenced to 14 years of hard labor for openly announcing their relationship.

After Madge publicly expressed that she was “shocked” and “saddened” by the original ruling, tens of thousands of fans joined her in voicing their displeasure, which was apparently enough to convince Malawi president Bingu wa Mutharika to reverse the decision on Saturday, citing “humanitarian” reasons.

In a blog post reacting to the decision, Madonna wrote,

“I have always believed love conquers all—yesterday I got to see it in action. In the last week over 30,000 of you added your name to mine calling for the release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalangal—the Malawi couple sentenced to 14 years hard labor for the “crime” of homosexuality. With incredible joy, I am writing to share with you that Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered their release.”

Despite the reversal of the couple’s sentence, homosexuality is still illegal in Malawi. Activists are currently trying to find a safe haven for Monjeza and Chimbalangal.