Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe: I want to propose to Barack Obama

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Zimbabwe’s notoriously homophobic President Robert Mugabe has ‘joked’ that he might marry Barack Obama after same-sex marriage became law across the US.

The US Supreme Court ruled by 5-4 on Friday that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, ensuring eventual weddings in all 50 states.

The move was met with celebration in the US, but homophobic dictator Mugabe seems to be less thrilled.

He reportedly joked while speaking on state radio station ZBC: “I’ve just concluded since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance, thus if it becomes necessary, I shall travel to Washington, get down on my knee, and ask [Obama’s] hand in marriage.

“I can’t understand how this people dare to defy Christ’s explicit orders as our Lord prohibited mankind from sodomy.”

Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe and Mugabe has been a staunch promoter of homophobic persecution since he became President in 1987.

Ahead of his re-election campaign last year he urged for the heads of gay men to be chopped off and said gay people were worse than “pigs, goats and birds”.

Mugabe last year threatened to expel any diplomats who mention homosexuality in Zimbabwe, at a speech after his daughter’s wedding reception.

He said at the time: “Let Europe keep their homosexual nonsense there and live with it. We will never have it here. The act [homosexuality] is not humane.

“Any diplomat who talks about homosexuality will be kicked out. There is no excuse and we won’t listen to them.”

He also said that he ‘pities’ the Queen, for having to deal with Britain’s gay habits.