Nigerian lawmakers pass anti-gay marriage bill

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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.

Other additions to the bill include making it illegal to register gay clubs or organizations, as well as criminalizing the "public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly." Those who violate those laws would face 10-year imprisonment as well.


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  1. This was the hope of Africa?

    ” 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.”

    Does one have a sneaking suspicion of fundie influence here?

  2. About as much use as trying to throw a rock through a perspex window if anyone has ever tried it,come on,I was young once.It seemed like such a revelation at the time,,,seriously,that’s what we’re up against here. And it’s so dangerous to even try to change peoples minds over there,who’s going to risk it.If we get where we are on the right track,then maybe we can start to look at nations like this,but chances are that there will be some sort of underground movement already at work in these places,and eventually attitudes will begin to change.I will say that a lot of of this has probably come from some idiots from the USA,not to say that people from America are idiots,because I know a lot of intelligent people there,but there is a tiny portion who’ve been doing a lot of damage in this regard to Africa,planting pseudo intellectual bollox for quite some time now…

  3. Cue the usual “Africa” bashing. Memo to all: Africa is not a country; Nigeria is. And, no, the continent is not going to hell in a basket, despite what some people’s fantasies about it are. As for this anti gay bill in Nigeria — of course it’s retarded. I hope it doesn’t get signed into law. If it is, the repercussions for the country could be severe, not least from the backlash from the international community.

  4. What other free speech is not protected in Nigeria? In Canada you are free to advocate the change of any legislation, even for the most terrible of crimes.

    The irony is this is the result of using Christianity to “soften up” the Nigerians in colonial times for exploitation. The Nigerians became even more Christian than their masters.

    It sounds like invasive religions are just as bad news as invasive species.

    In Canada in the 70s there was migration away from the homophobic parts of Canada to the newly more tolerant parts. I wonder if there will be a similar exodus from Nigeria.

    The good news is a Nigerian gay lib could be hosted on the web outside the country.

    • Religion spreads like a virus …triggered in africa by colonial missionaries … an invader ‘species’ with no real local enemies or education to resist it in primitive parts of the world. Steadily encroaches and wipes out any common sense that may have existed before.

      In reply to #4 by Roedy:

      What other free speech is not protected in Nigeria? In Canada you are free to advocate the change of any legislation, even for the most terrible of crimes.

      The irony is this is the result of using Christianity to “soften up” the Nigerians in colonial times for exploitation. The Nigerians became ev…

  5. It is becoming very clear that Africa is becoming a serious problem with regard to homophobia be it christian or muslim and in the case of christianity then the U.S. fundementalists have much to answer for.

    • In reply to #9 by Naked_Sin:

      I’m not sure I should vistit this site in the morning. These stories always shock and depress me. What century are we living in?

      Consider yourself still relatively lucky, the depression gets worse when you stop being shocked by things like this.

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