No to gay rights: Prof Ncube

The leader of the MDC-N, Professor Welshman Ncube, has ruled out any chance of having gay rights featured in the country’s new constitution, contrary to optimism by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who wanted such rights protected.

Welshman Ncube
Welshman Ncube

Ncube made the remarks during a question and answer session at a meeting with church leaders in Bulawayo last week, saying the views of the people were clear and they did not want gay rights in the constitution.

“If you look at the constitution data today, the people said no to protecting gay rights and I think chances are zero,” said Ncube. “If we listen to the views of people who attended COPAC meetings, it is clear that they said no to gay rights.”

During the meeting church leaders voiced their concerns that the call for gay rights in the new constitution would tarnish the image of the country.

“This is a taboo which can only soil the image of our country and as church leaders we are saying such voices should not be entertained,” said Pastor Mabhena of Brethren in Christ Church. “This insanity that we should have a man married to another man being supported by a constitution is nonsense. If they (gays) want to do it in private they better do that and not to try and make it a legal thing. We can’t accept that.”

These calls follow the announcement by Tsvangirai that he wanted to see freedom of sexual orientation.

“It’s a very controversial subject in my part of the world. My attitude is that I hope the constitution will come out with freedom of sexual orientation, for as long as it does not interfere with anybody,” he told the BBC.

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