Regardless of personal opinions on sexuality, the gay community around the globe should not suffer attacks or be punished by death, Sir Richard Branson has said.
The entrepreneur was speaking at a fringe event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he revealed that homosexual acts are punishable by death in Mauritania, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and northern parts of Nigeria.
He said, ‘We need to change hearts and minds, not just laws. This was clear from the mixed reactions to my recent blogs on Uganda, with some people there vehemently disagreeing with our call to block new anti-gay laws’.
His calls for an end to violent persecution of homosexuals were echoed by some high-profile clerics. In his blog, Sir Richard quoted Archbishop Tutu as saying, ‘If I go up to heaven and find a homophobic god, I will tell him I prefer the other place’.