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Nigeria: Anti-gay bill passes Parliament

May 31, 2013

Lawmakers in Nigeria passed a bill Thursday banning gay marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders.

Nigeria’s House of Representatives approved the bill in a voice vote, likely sending it immediately to President Goodluck Jonathan for him to potentially sign into law in Africa’s most populous nation. Whether he will approve it remains unclear, and both the United States and the United Kingdom raised concerns over a measure that could put foreign funding for AIDS and HIV outreach programs in jeopardy.

Nigeria’s Senate previously passed the bill in November 2011 and the measure quietly disappeared for some time before coming up in Thursday’s session of the House. Under previous versions of the proposed law, couples who marry could face up to 14 years each in prison. Witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

CBS News

Because Nigeria has nothing more important to worry about than gay marriage.

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One Comment
  1. I think this might be a reaction to France legalizing same-sex marriage. Unfortunately is Africa still a continent full of homophobes (of course not all Africans are homophobes, I hope they will change the attitudes of their compatriots), and only in South-Africa LGBT people enjoy legal protection.

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