Attempted gay marriage was bad strategy – activist

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Chalwe Ranney (Story and photo courtesy of 76crimes

Some people suspect that the recently reported marriage attempt by four same-sex couples in Zambia was a sham perpetrated by anti-gay partisans, but LBGT activists have found evidence to the contrary.

They have located and spoken briefly to one of the would-be newlyweds.

“He was too scared to meet us, as he has been receiving death threats since his name amongst many others was published in the Daily Mail,” said Chalwe Ranney, a leader at a Zambian LGBT rights group.

Last week’s attempt at registering the four same-sex marriages was reported in the Daily Mail, a national newspaper, and picked up in many online Zambian news sites.

Activists are working to verify and analyze the event, which was described for the newspaper by Henry Kapata, the Lusaka city official in charge of registering marriages. The activists went to his office, but he was too busy to meet them, Ranney said.

“I have been up all day trying to track those people,” Ranney said. “I had never heard about them nor their lovers before. But one of my colleagues recognized one of them. We tried to follow up with this person to get first-hand information on what really happened.” Ranney added:

“Though we only spoke for a brief moment via phone, he denied the exaggerated story line Mr. Kapata has given to the media — that [the young, gay Zambian men] agreed to the marriage contract in order to find a better life abroad or be sponsored into good universities abroad by their white partners.

This was purely untrue and purely based on Mr. Kapata’s own perception — thinking all gay people just engage in such practices purely for material gain.

Ranney called that misimpression about gay motivations the “belief [that] is the most detrimental of any. It is sometimes based on lack of information about what professional psychologists say.”

A number of gay rights activists considered the attempted marriages an unfortunate event that might set back efforts at establishing human rights for LGBT people in Zambia.

“Clearly it was bad strategy,” Ranney said, even though the couples’ motives were good — possibly seeking to take advantage of the increasing acceptance of gay marriage in the United states, along with the crowd of couples registering their marriages over the Easter weekend.

But if the couples had contacted local gay-rights organizations, they would have been advised about the repercussions their actions could cause, he said.

The groups have been “working with various civil societies and government partners” to improve the lives of LGBT people in Zambia, he said, but the botched marriage attempt will complicate that work.

“It pushes back our efforts,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Police Service has warned that homosexuality is a very serious offence in Zambia.

The warning comes following an article that appeared in Wednesday’s Zambia Daily Mail, edition number 080 concerning gay marriages.

Police Spokesperson, Elizabeth Kanjela, noted that the offence attracts a sentence of not less than five years imprisonment once one is convicted under Unnatural Offences of Section 155, 156 and 158 CAP 87 of the Laws of Zambia.

Ms Kanjela, therefore, indicated that anyone who will be found wanting will face the wrath of the law as the police will be vigilant on perpetrators of such a crime.

Ms Kanjela has since appealed to members of the public to report anyone found committing such a crime to any nearest police station in order to maintain sanity in communities.

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121 Responses to Attempted gay marriage was bad strategy – activist

  1. I can’t believe the nonsense some of you are putting up here in Jesus’ name. Who did Jesus chase out of the temple with whips? Self-righteous church leaders who abused the house of God by victimizing defenseless people. How many sinners did Jesus say should be arrested? What you are doing in His name is not of Him. And because of the wickedness you show to those gay people, because you’ve made them to suffer with Jesus, you just may be the reason that they too will share in His reign. God does not like sin, but He also does not delight in the tears of His children. Be careful who you throw stones at; they just might be the one Jesus is aiming to save and redeem.

    Mwiza - April 6, 2013
    13:33

  2. If they its allowed in America let them go to America and get married Zambia is a christian nation and Please lets maintain it that way…..let them go to heal with their rights

    yortum - April 6, 2013
    09:12

  3. Human heart is desparently wicked thats why we put laws to control him.

    BONNETI - April 6, 2013
    09:01

  4. We are all God’s children … It is with us and is definitely here to STAY … Whether you like it or NOT………. Wake up !!!
    Answer me 1 question why do married men want anal sex with their wives… ???
    Tembo

    tembo - April 6, 2013
    07:20

  5. can a gay explain to me, is the anus meant for shit or entering yo manhood? everything God created was meant to suite and perfectly fitting. so why enter a place not meant for? think twice gays. God created u perfect being who can think. Even dogs know where to place what of a human being? There is no one who was born a guy, a thief or prostitute but we do certain things because of negative influence.

    jlo - April 5, 2013
    22:51

  6. I think we must invite uncle MUGABE to come and teach these people some manners coz he has nice words which suits them well, firt one he calls them Dogs…and many more names.

    mosquito - April 5, 2013
    20:33

  7. Arrest and jail them tabaishiba ukwaba abanakashi I’d!ots they want to corrupt our well maintained cultural values just because of their own selfish interests…. Why, should we continue even debating useless things which are straight forward. NO Gay marriage in zambia simple, abanakashi bakalapusukila kwisa kanshi imwe ba fikala ngamwalaupana.

    mosquito - April 5, 2013
    20:27

  8. The Work Of The Devil Is To Destroy The Orderly Creation Of God. God Created Eve For Adam Thus A Woman 4 Man. Devils Wl Reverse This. Pray For Them So Zt The Satanic Spirit Is Destroyed

    Jozeh Chavm - April 5, 2013
    19:04

  9. I see two things in this story: -

    1. Those of foreign origin are here to expose the government’s position on homosexuality and have it published worldwide. They are agents of homosexuality groups. They actually knew that the story would get the publicity they wanted! They are here to “test the waters”. In fact, they may even be agents of some foreign countries that want to tie their aid to Zambia to our acceptance of homosexuality.

    2. Our Zambian friends are in this purely for monitory gain due to the poverty prevailing in our beloved country. It is my belief that they were handsomely rewarded for their participation in this publicity gimmick! Why should Zambians sink so low? The problem these friends of ours may have is that from now on, they will not only defend homosexuality, but will also begin to feel gay!

    rev Alfred Gevara Nyirenda - April 5, 2013
    18:28

  10. Where was ths? Th more u talk abt thes nonsense th mor thy hapen..lets stop talkng abt thm ad embrance our christian values.

    meck - April 5, 2013
    18:27

  11. Look for signs of gayness.

    1. Piercings
    2. Extreme neatness in men
    3. Effeminate behaviour in men (chaps that spend crazy amounts of time in front of a mirror, gesticulate, postulate like women)
    4. Watch out for chaps that hang out with muzungus like greeks
    5. Fellows with no proper job / occupation who are in clubs and chic restaurants all the time.

    I heard of one big don in the hotel industry that has been fvcking men and boys for years and is even HIV positive.

    I'd kit - April 5, 2013
    18:25

    • If most of you guys were truly christian you would stop going around impregnating young girls and cheating on your wife’s. Regarding the gay issue I do understand how most of you guys feel about the matter but before you condemn please check your own character and behaviour. The gays have acquired great power in rich lands and nothing you guys can do will stop their existence.

      Edward Mumba - April 6, 2013
      02:24

  12. Take a look-see, kids are dressing up as homo’s with their sagging trousers and jail house fashion. The fashion industry is run by gay fellows.

    Kids and adult males are walking around with piecings all over there bodies and talking like whinney whimps.

    Women are behaving like dykes in the name of gender equality. No femininity left in the land, just gender confused boys and girls.

    Then we have the people with money busy buggering the young men up the butt holes and making them fail to retain feaces. All this in the search for a scholarship or escape to Europe or the US or Canada.

    Boys have become “rear pullers”.

    boots cash chemist - April 5, 2013
    18:08

  13. This chimafulishi musata nina disgsting

    Simon - April 5, 2013
    17:54

  14. its like putting fuel in the exhaust pipe and not in the right place.God created marriage to be instituted between man and woman and not the other way round.Let us not allow the devil to infiltrate mankind with his evil schema.

    sensori - April 5, 2013
    16:13

    • It is the SDDOM and GOMORRAH days again….The wrath of God is upon these perpetrators once again.
      TOO MUCH LUST FOR THE UNNATURAL BEHAVIOUR !!! WHY DO YOU THINK GOD CREATED MAN & WOMAN ??? WAS IT TO CO_EXIST AS NEIGHBOURS…OR AS MAN & WIFE, FOR THEN PURPOSE OF PRO-CREATION ??? GOD HAD HIS OWN PLAN…AND WHO ARE YOU TO RUIN THAT ???

      Kalikeka - April 5, 2013
      17:36

  15. This is stupidity. I personally don’t know how homosexuals justify what they do. Where do they start from? Free will?? That’s nt free will its madness, unnatural. I’m sorry if I’m offending the homosexual folk but it would personally disgust me to see a gay couple in public.

    amazed - April 5, 2013
    15:54

  16. Ignorance kills. No one wants you to be gay. Just live your live and let the gay people be.
    We will see anyway its just a matter of time.
    You can’t fight against the EU. You already owe them the eurobond.
    Wait and see. Unfortunately zambians are closed minded but trust me on this one
    You have nothing to loose. Just learn to be accepting of one another.
    No body chose to be gay or straight. Its not choice.
    I hope the EU asks to choose between paying the eurobond or pass gay rights.

    Bob - April 5, 2013
    15:50

  17. I NEED MONEY CAN HH COME AND FUCK MY ASSY.i HEAR HIS ONE FO THEM

    Mambe.F-SOLWEZI - April 5, 2013
    15:28

  18. To my fellow parents in Zambia let us fight with our teeth and nails to refuse and end this nonsense, otherwise our children are finished if we stay aloof.

    Kozo - April 5, 2013
    14:47

  19. Jakub Evans

    jareknoga - April 5, 2013
    14:29

  20. Nathan Jones

    jareknoga - April 5, 2013
    14:28

  21. Noah Wilson

    jareknoga - April 5, 2013
    14:28

  22. Noah Williams

    jareknoga - April 5, 2013
    14:28

  23. Arthur Hall

    jareknoga - April 5, 2013
    14:27

  24. Noah Evans

    jareknoga - April 5, 2013
    14:27

  25. Sodom and Gomorrah!When you see these things happening, look up for redemption draws near.

    Dinke Mudimudi - April 5, 2013
    14:12

    • If you really want to find Zambians living in Sodom and Gomorrah then travel around Lusaka at night and you will truly know that you are in Sodom and Gomorrah without any gay people being involved. The place the call Alpha Bar would be a good example.

      Edward Mumba - April 6, 2013
      02:33

  26. This website can be a window to the outside world to grasp the gravity of such things in Zambia. Homosexuality has no place here whichever way you wanna look at it

    gEEk - April 5, 2013
    14:10

  27. This website can be a window to the outside world to grasp the gravity of such things in Zambia. Homesexuality has no place here whichever way you wanna look at it

    gEEk - April 5, 2013
    14:09

  28. Yet again, the Christian rhetoric continues… Blah blah blah blah… Can you please critique this sensibly? What makes you think everyone subscribes to the Christian approach? What about the rights based approach? Don’t you have more important things to discuss? Who sleeps with gays and lesbians but the same buffons on this forum. Get a hobby.

    Afrocentric - April 5, 2013
    13:03

  29. Is this Ranney guy gay or what?

    DIzzASTA ZoNE... - April 5, 2013
    13:01

    • That Chap is gay. He must be arrested because homosexuality is illegal in Zambia

      walasa yaya - April 5, 2013
      14:38

  30. MEANING OF COMPATIBILITY IS NOT THERE IF MEN MARRIES OTHER MEN. HOW IS THIS DONE U PIPO. IS IT THROUGH THE ANUSS. AT THE SAME TIME IS ONE WAY THING OR TWO WAY.

    DOES MEN PLAYS ROLES OF WOMEN ENJOYS AS WELL?
    MAY SOMEONE WHO IS A GAY PLEASE EDUCATE ME.

    satana mudyelekezi - April 5, 2013
    12:46

    • kekekekekeke….. yaba!

      DIzzASTA ZoNE... - April 5, 2013
      12:58

    • Its an act of sin without explanation. An act of dismay.

      tonto fever - April 5, 2013
      13:04

  31. Even in so called civilised societies gays get the worst treatment.Google gay murders in USA.Even animals deserve treated with dignity.Let God be the judge in this matters.Afterall God gave us a free will and that we shall know what is right and wrong.But we also set laws in Order to prevent anarch and waywardness .Morals are shaped by society and naturally ingrained in us.If this people want to coexist with us, they should be like us otherwise they need to have their own community so that mind of impressionable youths are not corrupted.This people should be isolated from normal societies.We shall give them the right to exist in their sick communities.

    Fck it - April 5, 2013
    12:43

  32. Homosexuality has no place in Zambia. Tell me, what would you be looking for in having sexual intercourse with a fellow man or woman? If animals know the difference between the sexes, what of a human being with all the senses? This is the work of the devil. He knows that his time is up and so he wants to carry many with him to hell. May God help you.

    BUBELA BWATAMA - April 5, 2013
    12:30

  33. Is that Chalwe guy a hormo also, shame.

    sir - April 5, 2013
    12:26

  34. Ba zwd dont allow space to such satanic ideas pls no homos here period.When u give them plaform they recruit more.DEMONS at work

    magwazavi - April 5, 2013
    12:17

  35. Don’t say homos means no harm. This is a serious issue in a so called xstian nation. Let them marry their own brothers in their own house hold. How would you feel to hear that your son is gay? This is against God’ s will for man. Even mere animals go for their opposite sex why a human being with all the intelligence do the abominable thing. Please let’s protect our societies from this moral illicit. Let those white people instituting such ideas to our young men go to hell and rot. These are the same people who sleep with beasts. Satanists the ant christ idiots bunjumuras atase.

    tonto fever - April 5, 2013
    11:47

  36. There is no place for homosexuals in Heavens!

    U2! - April 5, 2013
    11:29

    • i agree with you totally, homosexuality is just satanic and this bustard chalwe ranney must be the first one to be arrested for advocating for such disgusting nonsense. and ba watch dog with this article we hope you are not trying to champion homosexuality in zambia

      hampondo - April 5, 2013
      12:22

      • And the way Chalwe looks! But why this young man sure?

        Considerate - April 5, 2013
        16:34