Nigeria to pass anti-gay laws
Nigeria’s controversial Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill has been voted in unanimously by the Senate in Abuja. All that remains for the Bill to become law, is the signature of Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan.
The Bill, which has taken almost two years to pass through the Senate and House of Representatives will outlaw gay marriage and make it punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment. Anyone attending a gay wedding can also be charged and jailed for up to a decade. Officials presiding over a wedding can be punished with jail time of up to five years.
LGBTI organisations will also be banned under the Bill.
LGBTI activists are concerned the new Bill will incite an already homophobic nation to violence.
Nigerian gay rights campaigner Davis Mac-lyalla has urged President Jonathan not to sign the Bill into law for its infractions on the human rights of Nigeria’s LGBTI community.
Speaking to Gay Star News, Mac-lyalla said: "Homosexuality is already illegal, and now the Senate is trying to promote their hate and homophobia.
“There’s no need for this bill. No one in Nigeria has asked for marriage. This bill is just to please the religious leaders.’”