Following an outcry in his country over his recent comments supporting the protection of gay and lesbian rights in the constitution, Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has clarified his position on the matter.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, Tsvangirai said that he wanted to “put finality and closure to an issue that has been misinterpreted, the issue of the so-called gay rights”.
The Prime Minister said that his position on homosexuality was well-known.
“I am a Christian associated with the Methodist church. I am a father. I am a grandfather. I am a family man. I am a Zimbabwean and I know the strong feelings of Zimbabweans about this issue. I have those strong feelings too but in the end, Zimbabweans are making their own Constitution and it is that Constitution which will bind every Zimbabwean.”
He explained, however, that despite his personal reservations, “what I refuse to do as a loyal son of God and as a social democrat is to persecute, to judge, to condemn and to vilify people for their own opinions because judgment is a preserve of God the Almighty.
“The Book of Luke Chapter 6 verse 37: ‘Do not judge and you will not be judged, do not condemn and you will not be condemned’. The Book of John Chapter 8 verse 7: ‘If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone…’
“So while I may differ with them [gay people], as a Christian and as a social democrat, I refuse to throw a stone at them,” said Tsvangirai.
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