Officials from Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) say the government has directed them to assess same-sex marriage laws.
Chairperson of MHRC Justin Dzonzi said the government acted within the law to engage his organisation on the issue before parliament takes up the bills.
“We have actually began preparations for the inquiries on changing laws of same sex. The government made the request in November,” said Dzonzi.
He said the public inquiries would include assessment on the rights of people who engage in same sex.
Same- sex which include gays and lesbians, is illegal in Malawi but there is a government order which prohibits the police from arresting same-sex people.
Homosexuality is generally unpopular in Malawi and most people are against it, with the church and Mosques leading the crusade against its practise.
However, there are minority voices led by some civil society who speak and work for homosexuals.
Dzonzi has not said when the exercise is expected to finish.