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Nigeria President outlaws gay people

Nigeria President outlaws gay people

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:59 Written by // Cec Busby

President Goodluck Jonathan has signed into law a bill that not only bans same-sex marriage but also outlaws any LGBTI support organisations - with prison terms of up to 14 years.

The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, also known as the ‘Jail All The Gays’ Bill punishes anyone presiding over a same-sex ceremony with a jail term of up to ten years.

Public displays of affection between same-sex couples also receive a ten year sentence.

The Act was passed in November 2011 but was not approved by Senate until December 18 2013. Reports from Nigeria claim President Jonathan signed the Act on January 7, making it law.

Homosexual sex is already a criminal offense in Nigeria with jail terms of 14 years.

UPDATE: Nigerian president's spokesman Reuben Abati told the AFP “I can confirm that the president has signed the bill into law”. Abati said 90 percent of Nigerians agreed with the law and were opposed to same-sex marriage. “The law is in line with our cultural and religious beliefs as a people,” he said.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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