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Homosexuality An “Unnatural Act”: Miss Botswana

Miss Botswana, Sumaiyah Marope

Miss Botswana, Sumaiyah Marope

Newly-crowned Miss Botswana, Sumaiyah Marope, has caused an uproar after declaring same-sex relationships to be an “unnatural act.”

In a scenario that mirrors the recent controversy at the Miss USA competition, Marope was asked by judge DJ Fresh if she would advocate gay marriage.

“It is unnatural act,” Marope proclaimed. “God made us men and women [... ] It is only proper for men to have relationships with women as God created us.”

The crowd erupted in a loud roar of approval of her comments.

Unlike Miss California, Marope went on to win the competition, and was awarded a US $700 bracelet from rapper Russell Simmons, a brand new Mercedes Benz, and an academic scholarship.

Miss Botswana’s comments come at an unusual time in Botswana, as several gay rights groups are pushing for the removal of legislation that does not recognize same-sex relationships.

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  1. nana says

    peace4 all n what are you? a graduate of the university of botswana? get a lyf dude n leave sumaiyah alone, intelligency is not measured by the amount of degrees you have,,u can still be stupid having a 1st class degree! Sumaiyah`s ansa was well said…

  2. O.T. says

    Yeah, but most african women are SUBSERVIENT and SECOND CLASS to men, so this issue affects me not one bit. Keep collecting HIV, you gals are pros at it. When people learn to use COMMON SENSE and allow others to live out their HUMAN RIGHTS in PEACE we will be much better off. Util then, we will have to contend with a small-brained African women who lives for her man……. when he's not out screwing 10 women in the neighboring town.

  3. O.T. says

    Yeah, but most african women are SUBSERVIENT and SECOND CLASS to men, so this issue affects me not one bit. Keep collecting HIV, you gals are pros at it. When people learn to use COMMON SENSE and allow others to live out their HUMAN RIGHTS in PEACE we will be much better off. Until then, we will have to contend with small-brained African women who lives for their men……. when those men aren't out screwing scores of women in the neighboring town.

  4. G says

    Its ok to say what we think, voice out our opinions but some platforms/positions like Miss Botswana call for neutrality, diversification and appreciation of all perspectives. If we could go back down the memory lane, you will realise that there is slight similarity between this question and what Mpule Kelagobe answered to back then in 1999, the thought process is the same. She is representing all of Botswana, and what she did was slap the other community of “lesbians and gays” in the face, yet they live in the very land that she lives in, and thats wrong, actually cant make her win the crown, better you work on the thought process well on time, so you can be neutral and represent us all. And above all embrace all people of all colours, sex, and different views, and avoid at all levels stigma and discrimination!

  5. Makgekgenene says

    Hi, people im from Botswana, rona kwano gare batle di-Gay, ke dilo tse di tswanang kwa Europe, no man can be allowed to sleep with another man, sin sin sin, if you european are ok with it, then go for it, don’t criticise this girl for speaking out her beliefs, also anti-gay is not comparable to racism, in the world there are two people man and a woman, created by God,gays is something introduced by europeans in the world to violate nature and cause incurable diseases, to cause genocide, we keep our culture, you keep your culture, as for rape, where did you get your skewed statistics for rape in botswana, for your information there is more crime and violence in america than Botswana, we also dont have racism, so leave us alone,

    Homosexuality is not “something introduced by europeans [sic]” there’s homosexuality in every race and culture…. there are even some Black African tribes that cross dress as part of certain rituals.

    -Admin.

    • ick says

      why sodom was bent with fire dont just base on gays nd lesbns only even straight people sin god does not encourage fornication but we have got lot of them in bots no one iz saying anything let them enjoy their life batho batho ba modimo stop judging other per people e potse gore who are u to see someone’s sins

  6. Turbo says

    hey, wena o reng o tswa mo botswana, le re tshegisa batho! we are busy working hard so that during 2016 (50 yrs after being independent) we will be an informed n educated nation and the government of botswana is paying for our education in pursuit for that. it is stil very disturbibg to find ignorant people like you stil amongst us.

    Homosexuality is not “something introduced by europeans [sic]” there’s homosexuality in every race and culture….

    not even my standard 4 son can utter a statement like that.
    mmmmmhhh
    im speechless, coz im probably replying a retard!

  7. Makgekgenene says

    naare wa tlhanya motho ke wena, Turbo, its silly to say that there is homosexuality in every culture, we only hear about this things in this new century before, how about the islamic culture, you think islamic culture allows homosexuality?? you should think before you open your big mouth, its true that homosexuality is a predominantly european thing, in other cultures if it exists its very rare, if you doubt that i can refer you to uncle Bob(Mugabe), ka di-gay o lebale mo botswana, well they can live in Botswana but they will have to join other animals in the kalahari game reserve!!

    • ick says

      in islamic ga ba i tshupe cos ba gatelelwa nd they are people just like us

  8. ick says

    this is serious may b she just said it because she wanted to win

    • tt says

      makgekgenene, u’re a fool, homosexuality has always been there, read more books hope u will understand one day. i dn’t ‘ve problems with gays, give them a chance coz they deserve it.

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