Macdella Cooper, the only female candidate in the presidential election in Libera, a country on the west coast of Africa with a population of 4 and a half million people, has indicated that she supports equal marriage, and that gays and lesbians should be allowed to practice their relationships without discrimination, according to allafrica.com.
She spoke at a presidential debate in Bomi County over the weekend, which was organised by Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI) and Public Trust Media Group (PTMG). Liberia’s constitution does not support same-sex marriage, however, Ms Cooper says that there is an LGBT community in Liberia.
“Let’s not forget, we do have a gay and lesbian community here in Liberia – they are our children. Now it is up to the Church to work on the moral and ethical issue of our people”.
A spokesman for the Liberia Restoration Party said that the government do not have a right to infringe on what people are doing in their own homes, and if it did that, then it should also go after men who abandon young girls who have had children for them.
However, presidential candidate Dr Jeremiah Whapoe, of Vision for Liberian Transformation (VOLT) stated that his government would not condone same-sex marriage, saying that if his mother had been a lesbian, he would not have been born. He would also consider that homosexuality, under his leadership, would be a disorder that should be appropriately treated.
All of the other candidates in the Liberian presidential election have indicated in varying degrees that they do not support equal marriage, with some stating that they should be independent of financial aid so as not to have the donor’s values thrust upon them.
The Liberian flag is based on the American flag, and its constitution is based on the political ideas of the American constitution. Liberia began as a settlement of freed slaves from America, brought there by the American Colonization Society, who believed they would have a better chance there than remaining in America where they were discriminated against. Liberia was also a founding member of the League of Nations, the United Nations and the Organisation of African Unity.