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Nigeria to pass anti-gay laws

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 20 December 2013 14:31 Written by // Cec Busby

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.’”

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

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

Comments (2)

  • JM

    21 December 2013 at 07:13 |
    Here is one Joshua who not only doesn't share the opinion of "a majority of Nigerians" but repudiates them in entirety. What you are witnessing is a witch hunt motivated by innate bias, rooted in fear, exacerbated by religious dogma. Gay men and lesbian women are innately well-made just as they are. Nature does not produce carbon copies of anything and it is ludicrous to think human diversity applies to everything except sexuality. Same gender loving adults (who were once gay children whether you like it or not) should have the equal right to marry. This law will ruin lives and tear families apart and bring international mockery, just watch and weep.
  • joshua8

    20 December 2013 at 21:23 |
    As a NIgerian, i think this law does not only represent the sentiments of religious leaders as purported by Davis Mac-lyalla, it also represents the views of majority of Nigerians who think that homosexual activites are repugnant to nature.
    A question for Davis Mac-lyalla, if the law is not necessary why are you asking the president not to sign the law. this law is to prevent homosexuals from asking for marriage tomorrow
    Mind you we don't hate homosexuals, we love them but we hate those homosexaul tendencies. and we want them to change, and really they can and should change.
    i join David Mark our senate president in calling the president to sign this bill quickly, it will not make him a human right abuser, rather it will make him a human right presever

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