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Make babies or go to jail

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe challenges gays and lesbians to procreate

"Shut them up in some room and see if they get pregnant; if they don’t, then it's jail because they have claimed they can have children." Credit: Jesse Awalt, US Navy

Gays and lesbians who don’t conceive children should be arrested, says Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

“I should like to shut them up in some room and see if they get pregnant; if they don’t, then it's jail because they have claimed they can have children," Mugabe is quoted by the New Zimbabwe

"To that kind of rot, we say no, no, no, no!” 

Mugabe made the comments while launching his party’s campaign for this month’s general election in Harare’s Highfield township.

He says lesbians who act as husbands in their relationships need to prove they are men. “Show us your manhood; you want to make other women your wives and you the husband? Well, that is madness; we refuse to accept that.”

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