Two Gabonese were arrested on Monday in Makokou, in eastern Gabon, for “contempt of good morals” after faking a same-sex marriage and kissing in public, according to the mayor of the city and a source close to the matter. . On June 23, the Gabonese Parliament passed a law decriminalizing homosexuality.
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“But the law does not allow celebrating a union between people of the same sex or kissing in public,” said the source close to the file on condition of anonymity. This “case is a first” in the country, said this source.
They risk two years in prison
According to the Gabonese Penal Code, insults against good morals are punishable by two years in prison and a fine of 2 million CFA francs (3,500 euros). The two women arrested in Makokou are aged 47 and 26.
“The law is clear, a marriage takes place between two people of different sexes,” said the mayor of Makokou. “They explain their act by their desire to adopt children,” he continued.
Society and churches, hostile to the law
The images of this union have been widely disseminated and commented on on social networks. Gabonese society and churches remain largely hostile to the law passed on June 23 by Parliament which decriminalizes homosexuality.
In sub-Saharan Africa, homosexuality is largely illegal. More than half of its countries prohibit or repress homosexual relations, sometimes punishable by death.