Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said on Friday he will travel to the (Rainbow) White House and propose to US President Barack Obama, who had earlier in the week praised a US Supreme Court ruling legalising same sex marriages.
“I’ve just concluded, since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance – thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington, DC, get down on my knee and ask his hand,” Mugabe, 91, was quoted as saying by Turkish news website AWDnews.
Mocking the US Supreme Court’s decision, Mugabe said, “I can’t understand how people dare to defy Christ’s explicit orders as our Lord prohibited mankind from sodomy.”
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The Zimbabwean president has in the past as well strongly opposed homosexuality and made countless controversial remarks against the LGBT community.
"Let Europe keep their homosexual nonsense there and live with it. We will never have it here," Mugabe reportedly said in a July 2013 speech. "
Homosexuality is barred in Zimbabwe and Mugabe has criticised Obama for encouraging gay rights on the African continent.
Last week, the US Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a nationwide right, a landmark decision in one of the most keenly awaited announcements in decades.
The nation’s highest court, in a narrow 5-4 decision, said the US Constitution requires all states to carry out and recognise marriage between people of the same sex.
President Barack Obama had praised the ruling, in a fresh victory for the White House which was later lit in rainbow colours. The verdict was celebrated by members of the LGBT community in the US and across the world.
This article originally appeared on IBTimes.
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