Strongly condemning the persecution of LGBTQ communities, Pope Francis has said that those discriminating against people with same-sex orientation are sinners and termited the law criminalising as “injustice”.
Francis made these remarks in response to a question aboard the plane returning from a two-country trip to Africa. Two other Christian leaders who were on the plane also backed Francis, reports Reuters news agency.
“The criminalisation of homosexuality is a problem that cannot be ignored,” Francis said as he cited unnamed statistics according to which 50 countries criminalise LGBT people “in one way or another” and about 10 others have laws including the death penalty for them.
As many as 66 UN member states have laws criminalising same-sex sexual relations, according to data from ILGA World – the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.
While in countries where same-sex relations are illegal, punishments are meted out to those found guilty, including a possible death penalty.
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By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter