Keep Calm Liberia's President Sirleaf defends country's anti-gay laws

Liberian president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Ellen Johnson Sirleaf defends Liberia's anti-gay laws, underlining persistence of colonial laws and 'traditional values.'

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When Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf talks about democracy, economic reform, or good governance, Western diplomats swoon. But when President Sirleaf – this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate -- talks about homosexuality, Westerners look for ways to change the subject.