I’ve been following the story of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga since their wedding day. When the couple became the first men in Malawi to get “married,” they knew the risk they were taking. Shortly after their ceremony, they were arrested and charged with public indecency. OnMay 20, 2010, a fter being denied bail because it would be unsafe for the couple to return to society, the two were sentence to 14 years hard labor.
Malawi recently made news when its President, Bingu wa Mutharika, condoned the establishment of a gay rights organization. This green light was particularly remarkable in the South African country because homosexuality is illegal there. Those convicted of homosexuality can be sentenced up to 14 years hard labor.
Now, Malawi is making gay news again, only this time because magistrate, Nyakwawa Usiwausiwa, refused bail to two men, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, charged with public indecency after holding a marriage ceremony.