The Liberian Senate has been rather sneaky about it.
Thanks to the opportunity that the loose-cannon activist, Archie Ponpon, gave them, the Liberian senators run off with a bill purportedly against ‘gay marriage’ in their country. Yesterday they passed it and all eyes are now on the president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who must decide whether to sign it into law or not after, as is likely, it is passed by the lower House.
Despite framing it as a law against gay marriage, its intent is fairly clear when you hear what the gang-ho senators who passed it are saying:
Sen. Nagbe said should the lower House concord with the Senate and the bill subsequently signed into law by President Sirleaf, the practices of both lesbianism and homosexuality will be capital offense and violators will subjected to the consequences of the law.
So, why didn’t they simply come out and craft a law that criminalized “lesbianism and homosexuality?”
Simple. The senators are frit. They are scared of Liberia becoming a pariah state in the eyes of Britain’s David Cameron and America’s Barack Obama. They are afraid that those two men might get so skittish about such an overt affront to the rights of gay Liberian citizens that they might turn off the aid spigot which keeps Liberian senators paid. They are scared silly that, despite blustering that they will not be intimidated by threats from foreigners, the outside world is watching them with a keen eye.
So, they have chosen to use ‘gay marriage’ as the Trojan Horse against homosexuality in Liberia because that is still a bridge too far even liberalizing nations such as the United States of America.
If what the Liberian Senate has done isn’t cowardice, someone needs to tell me what is.