23 November, 2019

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Abolish The Archaic Victorian Anti-Gay Laws: United Womens’ Front

The Sri Lankan government’s attempt to invoke archaic laws against UNP Matara District MP Mangala Samaraweera in a bid to take political revenge against him, says the United Womens’ Front (UWF)

Diana Gamage

Diana Gamage

Issuing a statement today the president of the UWF, Diana Gamage says; Attempts by the Commonwealth Chairman led government to invoke archaic Victorian laws of the Sri Lankan penal code on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community is a direct violation of the Commonwealth charter.

She says; “The country is in need of an era that preserves good governance and democracy while being rid of inhumane archaic laws, and that this is the expectation of multi national, multi religious and LGBT masses.

“That the government is attempting to invoke archaic laws against UNP Matara District MP Mangala Samaraweera in ab id to take political revenge against him, the press release says, adding that the government is also preparing to unleash a wave of suppression over the LGBT community in Sri Lanka through this action.

“Attempts to unleash the law against MP Mangala Samaraweera over his personal life is being done by bringing back outdated morality laws of the Victorian era. It has been a while since these laws were abolished even in England, which is their birthplace. However, they are being unearthed by the current regime and their affiliates.

“At the present, the LGBT community of Sri Lanka are pressurized by the section 356A of the Sri Lankan penal code

“As a country which not only is a Commonwealth member but also holds the collective’s Chair post, we would like to remind President Mahinda Rajapaksa that these archaic laws are a direct violation of the Commonwealth Charter”

Related posts;

WikiLeaks: Mangala Samaraweera Is Openly Homosexual – US Embassy Colombo Informed State Department

Tiran Wants Govt. To Charge And Arrest Mangala For Being Gay

Rajapaksa To Invoke Archaic Victorian Anti-Gay Laws Against Me – Mangala Saraweera

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  • 10
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    Magala Samarawerra has become the gay symbol of Srilanka. Ha ha haa

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      Maveeran

      “Magala Samarawerra has become the gay symbol of Srilanka. Ha ha ha”

      Whats wrong with it?

      Is this a laughing matter? If yes why?

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        Cos Adam was meant for Eve, not for Steve.

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          You never saw Adam or Eve but being gay is a reality that is caused due to several reasons and it is better to leave them undisturbed.

          Above all women feel secure with gay men.

          The 21st centenary belongs to women.

          • 5
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            Well said Javi!

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          Maveeran, you’re a homophobic moron. Go back to the Dark Ages where you belong.

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            Sexual preferences of someone is his or her choice and we need to respect that despite whatever disdain one may hold.

            However, I feel honestly that this is payback time for Mangala for sharing the same bed with MR in politics. He was the single most person responsible for MR becoming president and he admitted as much. One can only feel sorry for him.

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          Maveeran,

          Steve might be meant for an idiot like you.

          Cheers!

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            Maveeran

            Steve will never go with you even if you’re the last man on earth.
            You are butt ugly. That’s why you are suffering from homophobia.

            • 4
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              Why would I go out with Steve when your s[Edited out]. Im not into butt shot Mr Buttman machan. I dont swing mine that way ;)

        • 3
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          good one !

        • 6
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          Imagine if you had a brother or sister who was LGBT then I guess you would not be singing like this. Thnk before you shoot from you lip

        • 5
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          Adam, Eve and Steve will decide that between them. You low life homophobic racist does not matter there.

        • 5
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          This is hilarious….

          I nearly choked on my Indiappan…

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          Marveeran

          How come vedda knows about those thing with jungle education

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          Maveeran

          So You want us to believe the Adam and Eve Fib Like The Fibs in Mahawamsa!

          You Can create a woman out of a Man’s Breast Bone.

          So Lets believe that cloning was prevalent even in the ancient Biblical times.

          Sexual behavior Variants have been observed in the ancient India too. What to do aney! Some are born like that.

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          Adam and Eve are Abrahamic religious inventions, so has nothing to do with the SubContinent, which is where the source of Lanka’s culture.

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        Maveeran, you’re such a joke! Adam and Eve probably never existed but please don’t forget that Adam and Eve only had two SONS, Cain and Abel!

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        I am not surprised this Vedda loves the thought of gay men.

    • 7
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      Gay Rights is Human Rights- Hillary Clinton.

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        Hilary who? of what significance is she? she may have been a 1st lady… doesnt mean anything….

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          No wonder 90% of you guys have an IQ below 50 and 90% of the Caucasian has an IQ of below 120. That clears your doubts partially.

          Hillary still has clout at the state department as she has left a legacy- 5/6 State Deptt Sec’s are women as per Nisha Biswal- And she, like her home state senator, Hillary Clinton, have always reminded us that women’s rights are human rights, and that women need to be at the national security table and not just the kitchen table.

          `Being gay is not a Western invention. It is a human reality.-
          -You show people what you’re willing to fight for when you fight your friends.–Hillary Clinton`

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      [Edited out]
      We are sorry the comment language is English – CT

  • 5
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    It is not a case of bringing archaic laws
    to bear on Mangala.

    It is simply a fix by the powers that be,
    Kili (king maker) Maharaja and Tiran Alles.

    Its no doubt a heavy price for the man who
    was Rajapaksa’s campaign manager at the 2005
    presidential elections. Kick the ladder or use
    all of them as condoms.That is gretefullness.

  • 1
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    Mangala likes used Elastoplast and he proposes just that.

    That is Mangala’s perennial problem.

    As an Island the UK has made several inventions and almost all sports.

    What have Sri Lankans presented to the world except being ruffled in borrowed feathers?

    The Dutch were frightened of a virgin woman (Liz-1) and the Spanish Armada lost so everything belong to the British.

    It’s time to think outside the box and get rid of the animal and constitution like the prosperous Czechoslovakians.

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    This is a purely technical comment on the claim that invoking laws against homosexuality is a violation of the Commonwealth Charter. This claim can be contested.

    The Charter says: “We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief or other grounds.”

    The Huffington Post (March 10, 2013) says “specific reference to ‘gays and lesbians’ was omitted in deference to Commonwealth countries with draconian anti-gay laws.”

    It seems to me therefore that the charter never intended to prohibit laws against homosexuality.

    While I personally find homosexuality abhorrent, I see no justification for witch hunts in a society that countenances heterosexual affairs, child sex tourism etc. The case against Managala Samaraweera is clearly a vindictive indulgence by a government that engages in murder and disappearances, illicit sex by a minister in his government office with the wife storming in past security guards who tried to stop her, etc. while finding fault with homosexuality.

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      “While I personally find homosexuality abhorrent,”

      When you hate you refuse to understand the cause and effect.

      There are several Gay folk in the west who live together but don’t have sex.

      Heard of Celibacy- just like that.

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        Javi

        Why can’t gays have sex. Is it something to be ashamed of? Is it immoral? Celibacy is a different issue altogether. Don’t mix up the two.

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          Your problem is more to do with your inability to differentiate between love and sex therefore I use the word celibacy. When I see the classifieds it tells me the stark truth of arranged marriages.

          Remember even if you are married and force your partner to have sex then it is rape.

          • 0
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            javi,can you confirm that you are gongalay gotabanda please?

            • 1
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              Whats up mate you are unable to peeee and then you seem to have just 2 G’s only??

              • 0
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                So does that mean you are gongalay gotabanda?Tell it in plain english please to us lesser mortals.

                As for peeing,its not that i don’ like to,but i preserve the pyjamas to make my tea instead.Without the cuppa can’t live and without the pee can die too.What a choice it seems.

                • 1
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                  Shanker, dont drink too much tea.

                  Sorry what is `gongalay gotabanda`?

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            Javi

            Again you seem to be making many uncalled for assumptions. First, you appear to believe that love is celibate, and that sex is somehow unwholesome. (It looks like you have an aversion to sex which is abnormal for a healthy human being unless you are asexual.) A couple can be celibate because they are not interested in sex though they love each other. Or they can be celibate because they are allergic to each other! ….They just hate each other’s guts! Whereas another couple can have sex as expression of their deep love for each other. (I’m sorry, it sounds like you never had this most wonderful experience life can offer). When I say couple I mean both hetero and homosexual.

            I’m also not a fan of arranged marriages. But that doesn’t mean a couple’s relationship in an arranged marriage cannot grow into a loving one where both equally enjoy sex with each other. Or they can choose to be celibate. So it is absurd to jump to the conclusion that all sex in an arranged marriage is rape.

            When it comes to non-consensual sex or rape, it can happen in any relationship: premarital or marital, hetero or homosexual (both gay and lesbian), arranged or love marriage.

            Looks like you are discovering things that are new to you. I think you’ll be alright.

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              ` (It looks like you have an aversion to sex which is abnormal for a healthy human being unless you are asexual.)`

              Look I give a fuck what you think I am supposed to know. I do know LGBT community into the arts/fashion in a couple of EU nations for over a decade because they happen to have worked with me on certain projects. Also i do not come from your closed Asian background and I am used to discussing this from young days directly never through secondary source.

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                BTW you should know I like all [Edited out]!

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                Javi

                So you’re involved in big projects with the LGBT community in the West. But you still can’t let go of your Asian complex. You hang around this Asian website and you read all the Asian matrimonial ads. Or is this also one of your projects? Why are you on a defensive mode? You seem to have a chip on your shoulder about your Asianness. But I’m confident you will outgrow your complex after living one more decade over here in the West. Kids of Asian origin born here are fortunate: they don’t have to go through the misery you are going through to hide your Asianness.

                Hasta Pronto

          • 1
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            Nice one, Javi. keep it up.

        • 5
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          You wont have sex with dog or a pig would you? Why? Because its wrong!!

  • 11
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    Whever there is an election Mara does two things. A, He buys an opposition member and B, when he cant buy he intimidates.
    In Mangala’s case Mara knows neigher would work. So Mara tries other ways and means. He did the same with SB Disanayake in the past. SB was a big critic of MaRa. SB knows what and who Mara is. Yet some how Mara manipulated SB and changed his views. The same SB who praised Ranil for his knowledge and experties turned his back because of perks and posts.
    Mara is like VP getting rid of all interlectuals. This is the real danger to day the country is facing. People who think about future of SL must send this regime home once for all.
    If not future will be Namal, Sarana, Rattaran, Paba, Sanath, Murali, Ginger, Hirunika, Shashindra so on and the offspring donkeys of the current minister donkeys’.
    Sarath N Silva should be hanged by his balls at the Galleface!

    • 3
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      ‘Sarath N Silva should be hanged by his balls at the Galleface!’

      Pandukabaya, this is an article on homosexuality right? Now, how do you know he has balls?

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        LMFAO.. nice one….

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        Discrimination is not in my vocabulary.
        Bringing in an outdates section of law which was not in practice for decades to punish someone revengefully is not only idiotic, its hilarious. Mara is a well known comic fellow, his 40 odd years political exp is just a mere number.
        All I wanted was to raise a point here, soory mate you didnt get it.
        Sarath N Silva (& Mohan P) is the main reason for todays lawlessness.

      • 0
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        Because “Teller” is a SHE.

        • 1
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          Oops! Sorry!
          Because Pandu is a SHE!

    • 2
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      Pandu, great one.
      Long time no see. Yes so long villagers are on his side. Nothing will be changed. We have to find ways to make aware the villagers first. Is there any other ways to pass them the view about the checks and balances of MARA^s regime. Are they aware of the fact that not much funds are left to run the regime by the end of this year ?
      Keeping aside all the differences, we have to fight against the brutal regime. There is a good sinhalese word to represent the Mara ^s character.. that is nothing else than ” Kunakatuwa” poisonous snake common in lanken country sides. This man is literally like the mentioned snake. Revengeful by every means… CBK is dead right to have called him much earlier – uneducated, uncultured rascals.

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        Sirimal, Thats the only thing CBK did right or rather said something meaningfull in her entire tenor. But she too is responsible for todays chaos along with the JVP.
        ‘Kunakatuwa’ :) good term to use though kunakatuwa slightly better I guess.
        Martin Luther King, Jr said “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

        Its not Mara or Gota is stong, it is that we are ignorant and blind. We are selfish, we think of us but the country and its future. Its high time to chase these rogues away but we are not ready to do so.
        SLFP is a tumor patient dying. UNP need viagra, JVP is not sure yet which sode they are in, Gen SF is lost and anti-MARA public are stranded.

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    This shows to what extent this regime is stooping down to get political revenge on their opponents. anyway,the law being archaic is one and doesn’t it need proof of engagement in the act(!)before the prosecution..so..who shall be the pink panther to nab mangy..the kehell kandy man(to blackish and archiac property to touch !)then the kudu boy..so white and nice..or the ratharan one who is always shooting his mouth or maybe the prince charming in waiting!..who will lend his a..e to bell the cat…for the sake of the maharaj of ascharya…
    I am sure many of those who have departed and now across the divide will make a good JURY!
    Anyway..in my opinion any sensible judge/magistrate should throw this case file on to the ‘diyawanna oya’
    THIS IS AN OPEB WARNING TO ALL POLITICIANS AND OPPOSITION MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC….WAKE UP AND SAY ENOUGH AND THROW THIS ELITE OUT OF GOVERNANCE…LEST,WE ARE MADE TO GROVEL IN OUR OWN SHIT.

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    Namal is being groomed to take over… from the POL Pot of SL…. for Goa, presidency is but a dream…. Sadly young politicians do NOT have what it takes to be at the helm…. none at all…. Country would be in the wrong hands just like how it is now… Bless the generations to come, to cope with such hoolians and to top it off, pay back all loans taken on HIGHER interest rates….

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      Gota*

  • 1
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    Great! Here comes the liberation. Those who have sex vs those who do not have sex. The bald headed fascists pretend that they do not have sex. Lets throw the fascists out.

  • 2
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    sure we like lesibians too .

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      You cant like anyone – you re just a spineless eunuch. Go ahead licking the way you have been. God save the nation.

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        Sun

        “you re just a spineless eunuch”

        The most famous Muslim eunuch Zheng He came with huge armada and kicked the s**t out of Alakeshwara the king of Kotte some 550 years ago.

        You got to be careful when you comment on eunuch being spineless. There could be another eunuch somewhere in China reading your comments awaiting to kick your butt inside out.

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      Trust me You would feel Jealous when you see them ;)

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    Mangala’s homosexuality should not be anyone’s concern.

    Mangala’s propensity to use corrupt and illegal methods should be questioned and investigated.

    Oops I forgot – He betrayed Chandrika AND SRI LANKA by arranging the deal that prevented the Tamils in the North from voting…

    And now, he wants the Commonwealth to protect his arse???

    Hypocrite then and now…

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      Upul you got it wrong mate….

      It’s poor Srialankan,s..Especially the under age….

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        K.A Sumanasekera

        “It’s poor Srialankan,s..Especially the under age….”

        True the under aged girls should be protected from their dads.

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    IT looks like there are Lesbian women in Sri Lanka.

    Can you imagine, that women promote homosexualism ?

    • 1
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      You have it all- lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.

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    UNP must commended for having the balls to ask to repeal these draconian rules introduced to us by British Colonials.

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      It has nothing to do with Queen Victoria the Greatest Detailer of All Time.

      but your ever loving Putin who brought in laws last july.
      “homosexual propaganda” law
      Thursday 23 January 2014
      As Maria Maksakova told her fellow Russian MPs last month: “We are seeing extremely negative consequences as a result of this law, with the growth of hate crimes.”

      President Putin asserts that this was not the intention, but it is undoubtedly the effect that this law has had by promoting misunderstanding and ignorance. In particular, it is very disappointing that the law explicitly links homosexuality with child sex abuse, which countless studies have shown to be conclusively wrong.

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      Yep. I agree.

      Thought a leading party would never do it.

      Well done UNP!

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    Ahh what a beautiful woman this diana gamage is.Even a gay might ungay himself for a short time to have a tryst with her,i ‘am sure.

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    Western culture should NOT BE ALLOWED IN SINHALA SOIL.GAY IS A AMERICAN DISEASE.GAYS SHOULD BE SEND TO AMERICA

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      mangala p

      “Western culture should NOT BE ALLOWED IN SINHALA SOIL.”

      It is not western culture, in fact homosexuality has been present in every society mostly closeted.

      “GAY IS A AMERICAN DISEASE.”

      It is not a disease.

      Sinhala/Buddhist fathers raping their own daughters is disease. All incestuous relations historically recorded in Mahawamsa together with bestiality (lion/woman)are indeed the disease.

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    Diana Gamage, I wonder how you would look when you were in Teen.. WOW? HOT stuff

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      Good thig she isn’t a Muslim. Otherwise she would look like a filled up bin bag in a veil.

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    “Sexual preferences of someone is his or her choice and we need to respect that despite whatever disdain one may hold.” So we are told.

    However, It is difficult to comprehend how someone prefer hard, rough, sh*t hole to soft, smooth, juicy p*ssy complimented by nice b**bs.

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      Get educated- walk into a gay bookshop have a chat with them and they would inform you it is as clean as anything else provided you are clean yourself. They expect you to be creative like Tantric/K.S.
      If not then they would die of HIV and your woman would get cervical cancer/HIV.

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    what is worse a PAEDOPHILE or Gay/Lesbian.

    Most of the Buddhist Monks are Paedophiles, whay cant the Govt take stern action on the safrron robed padedophiles

    and not just play politics witth Mangala’s sexual preference or for that matter any adults sexual preference as long as they are not molesting young children.

  • 2
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    “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman: that is detestable”
    (Leveticus.18.22)

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      SANDY HAS TO GET LAID MORE.

  • 1
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    Ranil’s partner was one of his bodygurd, Gotaba Rajapaksha’s patner was Sarath Fonseka, Mahinda Rajapaksha’s partner was Fernando Pulle and Anura Bannda’s partner was one of his servant.
    Maithri’s partner was Rosy Senanayaka,

    Many are gay and lesbians.

  • 0
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    Why do the gender benders in the UNP keep these good looking ” Magnets” under wrap?.

    Wouldn’t this chick and Rosie make a fabulous leadership duo at the next Prez election?.

    Even I will attend their meets, although I am a bit worried about Gays purely because of health reasons.

    Srilanka is a poor country, Aids Drugs are beyond reach to even our rich Intelligentsia.

    Lesbians and Lady boys are not a problem. And there is no need for any legislation as our inhabitants are intelligent enough to understand their situations.

    Why are the Intelligentsia and the Colombo Elite trying to resurrect the wrinkled ex presidents or recruit drug cartel friendly PMs and even Monks when they have these good looking ladies with brains?.

    Wouldn’t these girls give them a god run for their money better than Kiri Ella, Samraweera and even Ranil himself…..

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    No wonder gays support Tamils!!!

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    Adam was a Chingalam.
    Eve was a Muslim.
    Steve was a Tamil.

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      And you must have been the pig who grew up in old Macdonald’s farm.

    • 1
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      and fuckshitma is still a pig!!!

  • 2
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    Ayyo !!!

    Why are we so fascinated by the sexual lives of the famous? Were some of you so deprived at some point in your lives? Or, are you still deprived ?

    The issue as hand is not if Mangala pokes himself anywhere. It is the principle of privacy. The suspect/victim in this episode is a married man, whose wife has confirmed the relationship he had with Mangala. Obviously she enjoyed the financial and material benefits that accrued from the relationship because another woman perhaps would have taken a hike! However,it is not for me to judge her values.

    If the next door Aunty wants a massage, who am I to refuse…. Fortunately there are no Aunties next door, so it remains a only a thought.

    I think we all need to grow up. Get a bit more mature in our thinking. We do not know it all and we certainly cannot do it all. We need the rest of you in get involved , if SRI LANKA is ever going to become the beautiful, innocent and gracious country it once was.

    Getting involved means doing the RIGHT THINGS, to the RIGHT PEOPLE, at the RIGHT TIMES, and in the RIGHT PLACES. There should not be ME just WE. There should be no THEM, just US.

    Don’t wait until you absorb all of this. If you remember just some, its a start. Sri Lanka CANNOT wait. The destruction is going on, and we have to stop it.

    It is possible – If if we want it badly enough! What say you??

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    I live in London and work for NHS for over 10 year. I admire the courage and the pragmatic thinking of the far sighted British government to abolish these draconian laws well before the rest of the world noted.
    In Sri Lanka in the past accepted the gay relationships as part of the culture and even now you could found the sculptures in Panduwas Nuwara Museum. Once the Colonial over run the island they spread the religious intolerance as well as the in tolerance to the sexual preferences. In the Buddhist culture we always practice live and let live not the might is right as the modern democracy! When our ancient kings inter married Tamil queens we had temple converted in the shared religious worship places not you were told. Sri Lankan women were treated much better than any were else in the world several centuries before. Men and women had the power to make decisions for them self. Men left for meditation, Women got divorce. Mature girls had experience premarital sex and there were no concern of virginity as it was imposed after the Victorian era.
    Relationship between two grown up individual should be respected and the love should be appreciated. It is the most beautiful thing in the world. Buddhist monks should lead the way paving the way of love, kindness and compassion. I wonder the Catholics who is always vigilant and cry out for every cotton picking thing silence on this important issue!
    Unless you integrate everyone in to the society there will always be suicides homophobic attacks massive up rise against the system.

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    Being gay is neither eastern nor western, it is found in every continent, albeit less so in Africa. Whether you agree with it or not is a different issue. It was the British that brought in anti-homosexual laws. Previously, society was accepting of the condition, although not promoting it.

    @ Palmsquirrel – it is amazing how so many Sri Lankans and others think that SL culture originated on the subcontinent. This is historically incorrect. The Mahavansa records the first Indian and rapist and genocidist on the island was Prince Vijaya, who is treated as a hero by the Sinhala-Buddhist establishment! King Pandukabhaya forced the indigenous Yakkas, Nagas and others to assimilate into an Indian-Buddhist culture. Now the Tamils, also from India are fighting with the Sinhala-Buddhists, also from India. The lasting solution for peace in this country is to eliminate preferential treatment for any language or religion. All must be treated equal under the constitution. Even the name Sri Lanka is an Indian name. We do not need this. Ceylon is preferable. The original Yakka, Naga and Veddah languages and religion must be made state religions, even if in a symbolic way. The ethnic origins of the peoples of the island must be recognised as at least partially non-Indian. (ie migrants came directly island hopping from Africa and Oceania). Only the can we eliminate discrimination in the island.

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