Blantyre, 22 May, 2023 / 5:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Church leaders in Malawi are calling on the country’s High Court in Blantyre to rule against same-sex unions.
On Tuesday, May 23, the High Court in Blantyre is expected to interpret Section 153 (c) of the Penal Code of Malawi, which criminalizes consensual same-sex relations between two consenting adults.
The case follows an application by Jana Gonani, a transgender woman, who was convicted in December 2021 by the Mangochi Senior Magistrate Court on the charge of unnatural offense contrary to Section 153 (c) of the Penal Code.
Ahead of the ruling, officials of the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), the Malawi Council of Churches (MCC), and the Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) are asking the people of God in the Southern African nation to sit peacefully outside the High Court in Blantyre “silently praying to the God of heaven that Malawi, as a nation, shall seek to live by God’s righteousness and not depart from His divine laws governing our morality.”
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Sunday, May 21, officials of the Christian Mother Bodies in Malawi say, “The judiciary should not change this fundamental law without consultation of all Malawians.”