More pressure seems to be mounting on the issue of same sex marriage in Liberia with the introduction on the floor of the Liberian Senate, of an act to amend Section 2.3 of the Domestic relations Law prohibiting same sex marriages in Liberia.
The act was presented to the Liberian Senate by Bong County Senior Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and read during its Thursday’s sitting. The current law prohibits marriage between two persons one of those still have their spouse still alive and two family members.
When amended, the new law on marriage will prohibit marriages between persons, one or both of whom has a spouse still living; not between an ancestor and descendent, a brother and sister of either the whole or half blood, uncle, niece or an aunt or nephew, first cousins or persons of the same sex.
The act further called for the prohibition to apply whether the prescribed relatives are legitimate or illegitimate and that no one shall give effect to any public act, record; or judicial proceeding of any one which represents a relationship between persons of the same sex that is treated as a marriage under the laws of the Republic.
In an attached letter to the plenary of the Liberian Senate, Senator Taylor reminded her colleagues that the Traditional Beliefs of Liberia do not in any way or form mean the thought or action of a marriage between persons of the same sex.
“Even though this idea is totally unaccepted to Liberians, it is a glaring fact that same sex marriages are happening in the world at large,” the Bong County Senator noted, adding that it is therefore incumbent upon the Senate as a guardians of the sacred heritage to insure that their generation leaves the nation in a better position than they found it.
The act which was turned over to the Senate committee on Judiciary for action is the second attempt by the Legislature to silence the issue of homosexual rights in Liberia.
Lofa County Representative Clarence Massaquoi this week presented an act to the house to amend Section 14 Sub chapter D of the new penal law of the country making same sex practices a criminal offense.