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In Liberia, Senate weighs anti-gay bill

MONROVIA, Liberia -- This West African nation's Senate today is considering a bill that would outlaw marriage equality and make homosexuality a first-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The bill was presented by Sen. Jewel Taylor, Liberia's former first lady, who is known for her homophobic opinions.

Liberian law currently considers gay relationships a first-degree misdemeanor with a punishment of up to one year in prison.

If the Senate passes the bill, it would then go the House for a vote.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has vowed not sign the bill into law.

Liberia was colonized, beginning in 1820, by freed American slaves. English is the official language, and almost 86% of citizens practice Christianity.