Video: Mangala violated PC by voting for Gay rights: Wimal

2015-06-08 16:29:14

Legal action should be taken against Foreign Affairs Minister Mangala Samaraweera for violating Sri Lanka's Penal Code by voting in favour of gay rights at the UN, National Freedom Front (NFF) Leader Wimal Weerawansa said today.

He said the Foreign Affairs Ministry had voted against a resolution submitted by Russia calling for the withdrawal of benefits for gay and lesbian couples.

“Being gay and lesbian-friendly has become our foreign policy today. This will result in negative consequences in the long run for Sri Lanka. It will affect our culture. Therefore, the minister should be arrested for violating the Penal Code,” Mr. Weerawansa told a news conference.

Meanwhile, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) General Secretary Udaya Gammanpila said right of equality doesn’t mean all groups are equally recognized.

“Right for equality is something considered before the law. It means a person’s sexual orientation, religion or language should not be considered when making a legal decision on that person. It doesn’t mean all groups are equally recognized. It’s a wrong interpretation,” he said.

The UN Secretary-General early this year issued an administrative circular that offered marital benefits to the UN's lesbian and gay employees as well as to its other workers who had entered legally recognized domestic partnerships.

Subsequently Russia brought a resolution calling for the withdrawal of these benefits to same-sex couples. It was however defeated by a majority of vote including that of Sri Lanka.

Clarifying the issue, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Ajith P. Perera had earlier categorically denied that Sri Lanka had voted to promote same-sex marriages and said the circular in question was submitted by the UN Secretary General on a matter dealing with UN administration. (Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 29

  • MR Tuesday, 9 June 2015 06:09

    Aiyo. ....

    Reply : 3       35

    sham Tuesday, 9 June 2015 16:06

    mehemath Byyoooo

    Reply : 1       16

    Riz Tuesday, 9 June 2015 06:18

    another welknown dried pumkin.

    Reply : 9       89

    citizen a Tuesday, 9 June 2015 07:41

    How about a Lemon Puff hunger strike and a Rs.100/- propaganda really.

    Reply : 10       90

    navin Tuesday, 9 June 2015 07:59

    the day this fellow (wimal) die is the real Independence for Sri Lanka

    Reply : 12       93

    balurala Tuesday, 9 June 2015 08:15

    In Sri Lankan culture we never look down upon people base on their sexual orientation. We treat base on their caste, wealth, religion, race and that sort of things, but never base on the sexual orientation.

    Reply : 8       65

    nalaka Tuesday, 9 June 2015 08:57

    Modawansa is against human rights this is a clear sing of that. Also when other countries have moved forward with these writes why are we going against.

    Reply : 9       64

    Sincere Tuesday, 9 June 2015 08:59

    What if there was a similar Mangala on your side who expressed similar sentiments. Will you then protest? OOh we just ignore your rubbish Wimal.

    Reply : 8       65

    Riz Tuesday, 9 June 2015 09:04

    if mangala is arrested for this reason , then u should be surely hanged for what u have done to the country.Can anybody mansion a single positive thing that this fellow has done to our country?

    Reply : 7       72

    das Tuesday, 9 June 2015 09:23

    This is the same lack of tolerance to people with differing views that was seen during the last regime these guys supported.

    Reply : 7       54

    Raiden Tuesday, 9 June 2015 09:29

    There is nothing wrong with voting for gay rights ! In fact it is the right thing to do! you cant penalise a person nor harass them for being gay! its their choice and nature! If they dont harass another person, so whats our problem to judge them! Its only uneducated mongrols like you who does the damage to the society, by bringing up your illiterate ideals and destroying the image of SL. Culture and human rights are two different things! Our culture had so many aspects which doesnt fit the current society ! Eg : The racial system of Radala, Govigama hali! and you dont punish the same way kings used to punish people those days, etc ! So educate your self, and people please dethrone these uneducated people off power at the next election !

    Reply : 12       78

    Mr. Citizen Tuesday, 9 June 2015 09:40

    WW has no culture but only vulture. He is a discarded coin and sinking in his own sin.

    Reply : 7       58

    dude Tuesday, 9 June 2015 09:53

    Blowing out of proportion. In ancient kingdoms we had eunuchs.

    Reply : 6       47

    Hodahita putha Tuesday, 9 June 2015 10:14

    Modawansa you are a donkey

    Reply : 9       55

    Coconut Republic Tuesday, 9 June 2015 10:29

    I heard that you were just behind Mangala , for a YES vote too!

    Reply : 4       43

    iemerald Tuesday, 9 June 2015 10:47

    he cant be a buddhist. he must be a non beliver or an homophobic piece of excrement. he has no tolerance he should be chased out and tied to a tree outside a temple if he goes to worship which he does to fool all his lemming like supporters and for publicity

    Reply : 2       26

    ANTHONY Tuesday, 9 June 2015 10:54


    Reply : 1       24

    Nadi Karunaratne Tuesday, 9 June 2015 11:09

    Please take the microphone away from this vile creature. He is a vulgar primitive who cares nothing for the country nor human rights.

    Reply : 1       26

    Mason Tuesday, 9 June 2015 11:32

    A persons sexual desire is his or her concern to be decided by them. There is nothing wrong in supporting gay couples. Your narrow mindedness is obvious in your remarks Lemon Puff.

    Reply : 3       28

    Shamantha Welgama Tuesday, 9 June 2015 12:16

    Majority Sri Lankans do not want this Modavansa,Gommanpila,the dried pumpkin,Vaas,Sarana,Gediya (Bandula)

    Reply : 3       29

    A Reader Tuesday, 9 June 2015 12:50

    All the creatures are by the God, Nothing wrong in supportive for handycapped issue like gay, they alsonhuman being and they have their happiness in it,If WW can have an actress in addition to his wife to satisfy his need, why cant a Gay???

    Reply : 2       24

    sobers Tuesday, 9 June 2015 14:06

    He has gone bonkers as he knows his political career is reaching the dead end.

    Reply : 1       20

    Veda-mama Tuesday, 9 June 2015 15:47


    Reply : 0       13

    Ruwan Wednesday, 10 June 2015 04:15

    What does a grade 8 qualified oaf like you know about the PC?

    Reply : 0       2

    Polished Wednesday, 10 June 2015 07:39

    He should be in Jail,,,,, with his wife too....bloody thief

    Reply : 0       2

    Prazi Wednesday, 10 June 2015 08:41

    How about multiple rape rights and celebrations of 100 raped women during MR period.

    Reply : 0       3

    CITIZEN Wednesday, 10 June 2015 09:29

    I think he is referring to "Renal" Code!

    Reply : 0       2

    Kanthi Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:13

    Vimal you are stupidity personified. Please retire from politics and go and pay a visit to your wife in the jail.

    Reply : 0       1

    H.D.Gunaratne Wednesday, 10 June 2015 11:23

    It is high time we revise our so called Penal Code.We must also fall in line with the universally accepted rights.

    Reply : 0       1

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