Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Archbishop Condemns Same Sex Marriage says it Endangers Traditional Family


 Cherrylane Mbimbi
The head of the Catholic Church in Cameroon Victor Tonye Bakot, the Archbishop of Yaounde says the same sex marriage is a serious crime against humanity. In his homily to Christians on Christmas day, Tonye Bokat said that homosexuality endangers the traditional family. He wondered whether society will accept that people of the same sex will continue to adopt children to make up a family. This, he lamented endangers the traditional family. “I am particularly thankful to our local media that has been spreading this message of it as a criminality against mankind” he continued.
It should be recalled that in Cameroon, homosexuality is not only condemned by law, it is regarded in tradition as a taboo. Of late, a three-year jail sentence was slammed on a 32-year-old Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, who was found guilty of homosexual conduct because he sent a text message to another man telling him he loved him. Besides, it is even alleged that at least 12 people were convicted this year for their involvement in homosexuality. Lesbianism and gay practices in African countries constitute a crime and young boys and girls have gone into hiding for their involvement in these practices. Not only are police and gendarmes running after them, traditionalists too look at them as specie of human being that should be eliminated.  
Other African countries have seen fierce debate over anti-gay measures, which are often popular in societies where homosexuality is largely taboo but have drawn criticism from rights groups and threats of aid cuts from donors.
Ugandan politicians are seeking to pass an anti-gay law that initially sought the death penalty for homosexuals before it was watered down in the faced of opposition.In Cameroon, the anyone caught in any is slammed from minimum of five months and maximum of 5 years with penalties.







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