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Zimbabwe Gay Activists Freed on Bail

A Zimbabwean court has freed two gay activists on bail after they were arrested on allegations of possessing indecent material and writings seen as insulting to President Robert Mugabe.

A judge released Ellen Chademana and Ignatius Muhambi Thursday on $200 bail.

The two are employees of the country's gay rights group Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe.

President Mugabe has been an outspoken critic of homosexuality. He was once quoted as saying gay people are "worse than dogs and pigs."

Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe, as in many African countries.

Gay rights has become a controversial issue in several African countries this year.

Earlier this month, a judge in Malawi sentenced a gay couple to 14 years in prison after convicting them of unnatural acts and "gross indecency."

In February, police in Kenya stopped a gay wedding and arrested several suspected homosexuals.

And earlier this year, Uganda drew international criticism for proposing a law to make some homosexual acts punishable by death.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.