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Homosexuality, Sodomy Legislation/Cases/References
See also: [MARRIAGE]
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National

Penal Law, Volume IV, Title 26, Liberian Code of Laws Revised Approved in 1976 and Published in 1978

Section 14.74 - Voluntary sodomy

A person who engages in deviate sexual intercourse under circumstance not stated in Section 14.72 (aggravated involuntary sodomy) or 14.73 (involuntary sodomy) and has committed a first degree misdemeanor.

Sections 14.74, 14.79 and 50.7 consider "voluntary sodomy" as a first degree misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to one year imprisonment, with sodomy being defined as "deviate sexual intercourse" between human beings who are not (living as) husband and wife, that consists of contact between penis and anus, mouth and penis, or mouth and vulva [R1.5], [R1.4].


On 30 November 2016, it was reported that the proposed legislation to penalize any person who "seduces, encourages, or promotes another person of the same gender to engage into sexual activities" failed to pass into law [R1.3].

On 19 July 2012, the Senate reportedly passed legislation that would penalize any person who "seduces, encourages, or promotes another person of the same gender to engage into sexual activities." The proposed law also prohibits same-sex marriage [R1.3], [R1.2].

On 10 April 2012, the President of Liberia, Nobel-laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, vowed to veto any legislation that would criminalise homosexual behaviour in the country, despite having defended the law during a joint interview with Tony Blair [R1.1].

R1.5 Counsellor Frederick A.B. Jayweh, B.A., LL.B., LL.M: Gays and the Laws of Liberia (Accessed 12 NOV 12)
R1.4 ILGA: State-Sponsored Homophobia PDF 589.01kb, 16 MAY 12
R1.3 LiberianObserver: Homosexuality is not a Crime: Let He Who is without Sin Cast the First Stone
R1.2 The Advocate: UN Condemns Liberian Antigay Bill 06 AUG 12
R1.1 PinkNews: Liberian President backtracks on anti-gay comments 11 APR 12
Marriage Legislation/Cases/References
1.

National

On 20 July 2012, the Senate voted unanimously to approve an amendment to Section 2.3 of the constitutional prohibiting marriage between gay couples by adding the words “or persons of the same sex”. The amendment is subject to approval by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (see R1.4 below) [R1.5].

On 10 April 2012, the President of Liberia, Nobel-laureate Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, vowed to veto any legislation that would criminalise homosexual behaviour in the country, despite having defended the law during a joint interview with Tony Blair [R1.4].

On 27 February 2012, it was reported that lawmakers were to consider a bill that would outlaw and criminalize same-sex marriage [L1.3], [R1.2].

On 15 February 2012, a proposed amendment to Section 2 of the Domestic Relations Law laws reads: "No two persons of the same sex shall have sexual relations. A violation of this prohibition will be considered a first degree felony" [R1.1].

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R1.5 Radio Netherlands: Liberian Senate votes to ban gay marriage in constitution 20 JUL 12
R1.4 PinkNews: Liberian President backtracks on anti-gay comments 11 APR 12
L1.3 Warren Throckmorton: Text of Liberia's Bill to Make Homosexuality a First Degree Felony 21 FEB 12
R1.2 The Advocate: Liberia Considers Bill Criminalizing Same-Sex Marriages 27 FEB 12
R1.1 PinkNews: Liberian senator tables 'gay death penalty' bill 17 FEB 12

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