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After seeming amused at this statement, but abruptly becoming rather serious, Madame Sirleaf responded with a resounding, “It hasn’t. As simple as that.” Refusing this as a sufficient answer, Mr. Bryce-Pease persisted, “So LGBT people do not have human rights?” To which Madame Sirleaf exclaimed, “Oh, that’s not true,” and further elaborated with misinformation stating, “We’re not going to go to a law because there is no law. There is no law that decriminalizes or criminalizes at all. We believe that those matters are private matters. They are to be respected on the part of individuals and as long as there is no law that restricts it, there is no reason to try and get a law.” Not to be deterred from getting a straight answer from Madame Sirleaf, Mr. Bryce-Pease ended with one final question: “Sodomy is not illegal in Liberia?,” to which, Madame Sirleaf, after a pause, responded, “No, it’s not."