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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: 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.

Nigeria: House Leader Wants to Jail All the Gays

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Nigeria will pass a bill to jail every gay person and the president will sign it, the leader of the country’s House of Representatives has told an activist.

Honorable Mulikat Akande-Adeola, House Leader, made the comments in response to questions from Davis Mac-Iyalla, founder of Changing Attitude Nigeria, at an event in London.

Gay sex is already illegal in the west African nation and even punishable by the death penalty in the north. But the new law goes even further – there will even be five year jail terms for anyone who know a gay person and fails to report them to the police.

Authored By Tris Reid-Smith- See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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Nigeria: Parliament May Approve Anti Gay Law Soon

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A bill to further criminalise same-sex relationships in Nigeria has reportedly passed through a second reading in the country’s House of Representatives.

According to Nigeria’s Punch newspaper, the proposed legislation, which has already been endorsed by the parliament’s Senate, now awaits the approval of the Committee of the Whole House.

Same-sex relations are already illegal in Nigeria and the new law would mean gay couples entering into either marriage or cohabitation would face jail terms of up to 14 years.

Authored By Scott Roberts – See the Full Story at Pink News

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European Parliament Issues Condemnation of Nigeria’s Anti Marriage Equality Bill

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

The European Parliament this week adopted a resolution calling on Nigerian lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would punish those in a same-sex unions with 14 years in prison.

Says the Resolution:

[Parliament] Calls for the abolition of current legislation criminalising homosexuality, in some cases making it punishable by stoning; calls on the Nigerian Parliament to reject the ‘Same Gender Marriage Prohibition Bill’ which, if passed, would put LGBT people – both Nigerian nationals and foreigners – at serious risk of violence and arrest;

The bill, known as the Same Gender Marriage Prohibition Bill, would also criminalize ‘aiding or abetting’ such unions with 10 years in prison. It would also leave open to prosecution tourists or humanitarian aid workers who are in a same-sex marriages or civil partnerships.The legislation also appears to make people who work in embassies but do so without diplomatic protections — such as technical staff -vulnerable.

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Nigeria: We Won’t Be Intimidated By The West

Monday, December 26th, 2011

NO amount of threats from Western countries over same-sex law would pressure Nigeria to discard its customs and tradition, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, has said.

Since the Senate passed the the bill recommending stiff punishment for same-sex marriage, Nigeria has come under various threats of sanction from Britain and America which have voiced their opposition to the move.

However, Ashiru said in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune in Abuja that Nigeria would not be moved, as the country would do all that was necessary to defend its national interest, adding that if the National Assembly’s move was not in the interest of Nigerians, there would have been internal opposition to it.

Full Story from The Nigerian Tribune

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Nigeria House to Vote on Marriage Equality Criminalization

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Nigeria’s parliament pushed ahead with a bill on Wednesday that would harshly crack down on gay rights despite moves from US President Barack Obama’s administration to counter such legislation.

The bill was introduced into Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Wednesday after the Senate last week approved the measure that would outlaw gay marriage and ban public displays of affection between homosexual couples.

Gay organisations would also be made illegal, leading some to raise concerns over whether funding channeled through non-governmental organisations in Nigeria for AIDS treatment would be put in jeopardy.

Full Story from AFP

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Nigerian Cleric Wants Death Penalty for Gay Weddings

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Malam Abdulkadir Apaokagi, an Abuja-based Islamic scholar, on Sunday in Abuja, called for death penalty for same sex marriage in Nigeria.

Apaokagi in a sermon at the weekly prayer session of Nasrul -lahi-L-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), said gays in Nigeria were perverts who did not deserve to co-exist with right thinking and decent people.

He said gays were worse than murderers, and deserve stiffer penalty than those accused of killing fellow human beings.

Full Story from Vanguard

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Nigeria: 60K Sign Global petition Urging President Not to Sign Anti Gay Law

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Activists have delivered a copy of a 60,000-strong global petition addressed to the Nigerian President, urging him not to sign in new laws that target gays.

Representatives from the Nigerian LGBTQI in Diaspora, and campaigners from AllOut.org, who are running the petition on their website, rallied outside the Nigerian Mission to the United Nations, New York yesterday.

At the end of last month, the Nigerian Senate voted through a bill criminalising gay relationships, with prison sentences of up to 14 years for those couples who try to enter into an unofficial union and ten years for witnesses.

Full Story from Pink News

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