Cabinet has approved a bill that bans same sex marriages and prohibits child marriages a move likely to cause anger among the homosexual community.
Briefing journalists on Friday on decisions made by cabinet, acting Information minister, Prisca Mupfumira said the proposed changes to the marriages act prohibits same sex marriages as well aligns the marriages act to the constitution.
“The essence of the bill is to bring the marriages act in line with the constitution as well promote gender equality and the rights of women. It stupilates the issue of what a union should be and between who. In short it prohibits same sex marriages,” said Mupfumira.
Zimbabwe is one of the countries in the world were same sex marriages are discouraged although only sodomy was criminalized.
With a population of 80% being Christians, cultural same sex marriages were discouraged.
The new law also bans child marriages with indications that Zimbabwe had high number of children especially in rural areas, being married off before they reach maturity.
Some are married at the tender age of 12 and are unable to complete secondary education.