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Madonna Releases Statement After Gay Malawi Couple Released

Madonna Marks Malawi Couple's Release as Pride Month Begins

Many states and cities have long recognized LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) pride during the month of June, but for the first time the entire US will do so. In his declaration, President Obama explained his motivation for making June national LGBT pride month: "This month, as we recognize the immeasurable contributions of LGBT Americans, we renew our commitment to the struggle for equal rights for LGBT Americans and to ending prejudice and injustice wherever it exists." Now let's get back to finally repealing don't ask, don't tell by the end of the month.

As America gets around to officially celebrating LGBT citizens, across the world in Malawi the government took a small step toward doing away with its hateful policies. After Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were imprisoned for the crime of homosexuality, local and international calls for their release helped get them out this weekend. Madonna, who has a personal connection to Malawi, celebrated their release with this statement: "In the last week over 30,000 of you added your name to mine calling for the release of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga — the Malawi couple sentenced to 14 years hard labor for the "crime" of homosexuality. With incredible joy, I am writing to share with you that Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has ordered their release." She says that although there's more work to be done, she has always "believed love conquers all."

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