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Liberians launch campaign against gay marriage

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — A few hundred Liberians say they will press the government to ban same-sex marriage.

The campaign is seeking 1 million signatures supporting a resolution to ban gay and lesbian activities.

The head of the citizens' movement spearheading the campaign, Jim Tornonlah, told the Associated Press that more than 25,000 signatures have already been gathered.

The Liberian senate recently passed a bill strengthening the law against homosexuality and it must be approved by the House of Representatives before it is sent to the president for approval to become law.

Earlier this year President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf expressed her opposition to same-sex marriage. However after the United States State Department took exception to her stance against gay rights, she softened her position saying that her government would guarantee people's civil liberties.

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