Imprisoned Malawi Same-Sex Couple Speaks Out

Published: April 27, 2010

Imprisoned Malawi Same-Sex Couple Speaks Out

Last December, a male same-sex couple in Malawi who celebrated their engagement to one another were arrested under that country’s "decency" laws. Ever since, Steven Monjeza, 26, and his fiancée, Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, have been held in prison in Blantyre, Malawi, and reportedly have been subjected to intrusive medical examinations to determine whether they have engaged in anal sex.

"I love Steven so much," Chimbalanga said in the statement. "If people or the world cannot give me the chance and freedom to continue living with him as my lover, then I am better off to die here in prison. Freedom without him is useless and meaningless."

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