Malawi: Gay couple arrested after marriage

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2 Malawian men were arrested and charged with public indecency, police said on Tuesday, after becoming the 1st gay couple to marry in the conservative southern African state where homosexuality is prohibited.

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza in public wed in a symbolic, traditional ceremony on Saturday.

"We arrested them last night at their home and charged them with gross public indecency because the practice is against the law," police spokesman, Mr. Dave Chingwalu said.

Homosexuality is prohibited in Malawi and carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

Reports out of Malawi state that the 2 men were likely to face further charges and would be held awaiting further investigations have taken place.

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