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Madonna: Malawi Pardons Jailed Gay Couple!

Madonna: Malawi Pardons Jailed Gay Couple!

Madonna is thanking fans for helping to free a gay couple from Malawi prison.

“I have always believed love conquers all—yesterday I got to see it in action,” the 51-year-old Material Mom said in a statement. “In the last week over 30,000 of you added your name to mine calling for the release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalangal—the Malawi couple sentenced to 14 years hard labor for the ‘crime’ of homosexuality. With incredible joy, I am writing to share with you that Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered their release [on humanitarian grounds].”

When Madonna talks, Malawi listens!

Upon hearing of the Malawian court decision to imprison a gay couple, Madge said she was “shocked and saddened.”

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# 1

WOW. My family originate from Malawi and it’s a huge deal they freed them! I can’t believe it!? I have the upmost respect for her.

# 2

Madonna is the most incredible woman I’ve ever seen.

# 3

Amazing ;___;

Good for her, and all her fans who helped.

Humanity makes me angry, embarrassed and above all, so sad. It’s beyond…….tragic that murderers & rapists have more rights and opportunities than people of Orientation. People who LOVE. Tragic.

# 4

Madonna looks like a human chicken wing

# 5

@Emma: Emma, you obviously don’t get out much

# 6

So happy about this, huge respect to Madonna for taking a stand for them, im still in shock they actually released them. Now all im hoping is that we dont hear soon, how one or both of them suddenly passed away in an “accident”.etc
LOVE can not be killed, ever!

# 7

Please forgive my ignorance here, I am genuine in asking.
I read one of them is Trans?

Does it just mean he were born female (albeit always felt male — and gay), underwent surgery to become fully male?

OR, was born a male and is undergoing surgery to become FEmale?

# 8
Iffy Miffy @ 05/31/2010 at 7:07 pm

Good for them. Of course this solves little in the long run and I hope she keeps pressuring them to abolish the law that allowed this insanity in the first place. That is the true threat because next time they’ll just use the law, hush up the sentence and that’s it.

# 9

LOVE is ALWAYS the answer.

If I were famous and powerful, I would want to, I would try at least to do Humanitarian work like this. I would love to help developing countries so much. Once I turn 18, I’m going to apply for voluntary work >.<
I hope this sort of justice continues and evolves. I really do.

Iffy Miffy @ 05/31/2010 at 7:14 pm

@Trent
A transsexual is a person who identifies with the gender opposite of their biological one, that’s all. Not all transsexuals undergo sex reassignment surgery. Sex reassignment therapy doesn’t even have to include surgery.

@Trent: He is a Trans-woman. Meaning he were born female — felt like a male trapped in a female’s, underwent surgery. :)

Clearly Madonna is not responsible for me signing this petition ! It’s great what she did publicly, but people do not need celebrities to feel concern about cases like this one.

The only reason they were released is because the UN prob. met with the Malawi government behind closed doors and probably told them they’d not get any aid or money if they abused human rights. All countries that violate Civil Rights should undergo the same thing.

I’m worried what will happen to them next, I hope they survive this ; [

In my homecountry of Iran, if you are a male and undergo surgery to become female, or a female and undergo surgery to become male; or have intersex conditions, they allow you to live your life with your partner. They understand transgendered and transexual situations but gay and lesbian is still taboo because of the religious word. Which is obviously incredibly upsetting especially since there are SO many closeted people, married men & women, single men & women, and the youth — so many closeted people terrified to be true to society so they just live an incredibly depressing, cold lie for years and years in order not to be put to death or imprisoned. It’s weird they are still like this yet they respect Freddie Mercury who was part Iranian…

long live the queen

Everyone deserves to love and to be loved. I don’t support being gay but i don’t have a problem with them, if that’s who they are, then who the hell are you to judge them?

btw She’s such a Legend to be honest.

Although I am very happy for the couple and against all laws that ban or punish homosexuality, I find it a little disturbing how much power and influence Madonna has over Malawi’s internal affairs. Is Malawi so dependent on her support that they dare not oppose her? Is Malawi Madonna’s private backyard that local laws – however antiquated and strange they might appear to us – can be surpassed just like this? Worrying.

@Leila: It’s a shame. Someone who gets his ass on Jail or killed just because he’s gay. Who chooses to be gay? They did NOT. So if God created them gay, let him be the only one to judge them. Who the hell are they to decide this or that? After all they’re humans just like the rest of the World. I just find the injustice in this fu.cking world the most depressing thing, seriously.

@Zainab: Agree. :)

I can’t believe stuff like this still happens is 2010. So they’re releasing them but are they going to change the law?

religiousatheist @ 05/31/2010 at 11:15 pm

Madonna continues to give back so much to society. A true human being. I also just saw “I Am Because We Are” which she made in 08. Bravo for those high profile people who risk their popularity in order to speak out against injustice.

I hope she will get involved with Clitoraid also. (www.clitoraid.org)

Almost 30 years in the limelight now, huh, Madonna? :-) And how many with the elevated spirituality now? WHat a beautiful life we have, huh? :-))

Thank you for you. Thank you all for “you”.

Love how Madonna’s taking all the credit for this… pfft…. there are actually REAL heroes out there who dedicate their lives to charity and humanitarian efforts every day of their lives…. Madonna doesn’t she just shows up when she needs some press….

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