Via Yahoo!News, a Reuters report: Gambia's Jammeh calls gays 'vermin', says to fight like mosquitoes. Excerpt:
Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh on Tuesday called homosexuals "vermin" and said his government would tackle them in the same way it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.
The latest comments from Jammeh, who last year branded gays a threat to humanity, coincide with a renewed crackdown on same-sex relationships in Africa, where homosexuality is taboo and illegal in 37 countries.
In recent months, Nigeria has outlawed same-sex relationships and Uganda has voted for life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.
"We will fight these vermins called homosexuals or gays the same way we are fighting malaria-causing mosquitoes, if not more aggressively," Jammeh said in a speech on state television to mark the 49th anniversary of Gambia's independence from Britain.
Almost six years ago I established the Supari Prize, named for the then health minister of Indonesia: "It will be awarded from time to time to the politician who most flamboyantly endorses a deeply unsanitary policy. The prize itself is a sack of hammers, tastefully tied with a length of IV tubing and garlands of red tape."