LGBTs worry as Zimbabwe moves to restrict rights

Published: February 10, 2013

The long-awaited Zimbabwean draft Constitution outlaws same-sex marriage, which has aroused concern in the community of Zimbabwean lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

In interviews, LGBTI people said they fear that such homophobic legislation would fuel hatred and violence against them.

“I don’t have aspirations of getting married, but I fear that such laws have an impact on us as LGBTI people. Now we will have elections and we become a target for violence,” one gay man said.

“People will take the issue of same-sex marriage to mean that homosexuality is a punishable sin. People know that I am gay in Chitungwiza, where I live, and they now feel like they have armor against me because of what the Constitution says,” he said.

The inclusion of same-sex marriage in the draft of the Constitution was no surprise, because the Zanu PF party during a stakeholders’ conference about the Constitution proposed amendments to ban same-sex marriage and outlaw homosexuality.

It was also obvious the MDC-T party would sacrifice the LGBTI cause, which does not have the advantage of large numbers.

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