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Nigeria: President Signs Bill to Criminalize Gay Marriage, Homosexuality

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

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In Nigeria, it’s now a criminal offense to be gay.

OBDOBD reports:

Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has surreptitiously signed the so-called Same Sex Prohibition Bill into law. Reports are that Jonathan actually signed the Bill, better known as the “Jail-All-The-Gays” Bill, quietly last week. News of it’s signing has only now been leaked.

The Bill received international condemnation when it was passed by the Nigerian Parliament back in May of 2013. As OBLOGDEE reported at the time, the United Nation’s High Commissioner condemned the pending law urging President Jonathan not to sign it. As did many foreign countries.

Like most so-called same-sex marriage prohibition bills, the Nigerian “Jail-All-The-Gays” Bill only pretends its focus is to ban marriage. In fact, the goal is to further criminalize LGBTI individuals and organizations where gay sex is already criminalized.

David Mixner weighs in on the new law.

You bet Nigeria is no Russia. It is much worse than Russia…. The repercussions of this new law are chilling. Not only does the law ban marriage equality but also any LGBT relationship. If discovered, gay couples will be sentenced to fourteen years in jail. That is bad enough. However, it also provides for ten years in jail for forming any LGBT organization or supporting the formation of one. The law criminalizes even meetings between homosexuals.

Basically, you can now go to prison in Nigeria for owning an LGBT club, creating a LGBT social organization, supporting or forming an LGBT advocacy organization or simply meeting to discuss LGBT issues. The prison terms are harsh. The prison conditions are shockingly bad.

John Kerry is “deeply concerned“:

Kerry pointed out that the bill goes far behind just banning gay marriage or civil unions. “The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act,” Kerry said in a statement released by the White House. Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians. Moreover, it is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution. People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality. No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love.”

Remember, several well-known US anti gay groups have gone to African countries to push these laws, and would like to see the same for gays here in the US.

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Nigeria: Senate Passes Ban on Marriage Equality, Pro-Gay Groups

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

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Following hard on the heels of Uganda’s new anti-gay law, Nigeria has just banned gay marriage and LGBT groups in the country.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

Nigeria’s Senate on Thursday passed a harsh anti-gay bill banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. The Senate in Abuja unanimously adopted a harmonized final version of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill of the House of Representatives and Senate. The bill makes it illegal to register gay clubs or organizations, “promote gay marriage or behavior,” “witness or aid gay marriage” and criminalizes the “public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly.” Those who violate those laws would face 10-year imprisonment as well.

It’s important to remember that US “Christians” like Scott Lively went to Africa over the last two years to stir up homophobia and push for laws like this. Lively is now running for Governor of Massachusetts. It’s sad to see these countries, in thinking that they are rebelling against the “colonial sin” of homosexuality, actually allowing colonial powers to lead them around by the nose.

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Nigeria: 92% Support Criminalization of Same-Sex Weddings

Friday, June 21st, 2013

titleIn a depressing new poll out of Nigeria, a huge percentage support a proposed bill that would criminalize same-sex couples who try to get married. Pink News reports:

A new poll has found that 92% of Nigerians are in support of a proposed bill to make same-sex marriages punishable with 14 year prison sentences. Back in May, a bill to further criminalise same-sex marriages in Nigeria with prison terms of up to 14 years was passed by lawmakers in the country’s Parliament. Same-sex relationships are already illegal in Nigeria and the new law means gay couples entering into either marriage or cohabitation could face 14 years each in prison. The bill also states that “any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations directly or indirectly, makes a public show of a same-sex amorous relationship commits an offence and shall be liable to a term of 10 years imprisonment.”

Can you imagine living in a country where simply trying to get married could land you in jail for 14 years?

Nigeria: House Votes to Ban Marriage Equality

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Nigeria MapAfrica continues to lead in regressive legislation on gays and gay marriage. From AllAfrica:

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has approved a bill that would outlaw same-sex marriage. The bill passed Thursday sets prison terms of up to 14 years for anyone who enters into a gay union. It also outlaws gay organizations and the “public show of a same-sex amorous relationship.”

Shades of the South and interracial marriage up until the 1960’s… get married, go to jail.