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Nigeria Moves to Ban Same-Sex Marriage as Gays Fear Violence


Nigeria has proposed a bill that would criminalize same-sex marriage in a country already very dangerous for LGBT people, the AP reports:

NigeriaActivists fear that discrimination and violence will only increase if a bill drawing strong support in Nigeria’s legislature is passed. Under the measure, couples who marry could face up to three years in jail, and witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to five years behind bars.

“If this bill passes into law, the Nigerian government will be sanctioning even greater discrimination and violence against an already vulnerable group,” said Graeme Reid, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights director at New York-based Human Rights Watch.

The proposed law also has drawn the interest of European Union countries, some of which already offer Nigeria’s sexual minorities asylum based on gender identity.

UK Prime minister David Cameron last month threatened to cut aid to African countries that refuse to reform laws criminalizing homosexuality. So far, Cameron has been rebuffed by Ghana, Uganda and Malawi.

A report on the legislature's movement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Contact your Congressperson and demand he/she stop ALL funding to Nigeria. No American money or aid should be sent to Nigeria.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Nov 22, 2011 8:44:17 AM

  2. well this makes perfect sense. because as everyone well knows the only issue of concern in Nigera is "what to do with all the gays" - as everything else: finances, jobs, health, education, crime rates, violence, safety, etc are just fine and dandy.

    right? this is why there's such focus on Them Gays, right? Because it's a veritable Utopia, with the exception of Those Darn Homosexuals?


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 22, 2011 11:14:01 AM

  3. The bill doesn't make sense even if you hate gays. It's not like same-sex marriage is legal anyway. And why do witnesses face heavier penalties than the couples?

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 22, 2011 11:43:30 AM

  4. Nigeria is a country that wasted all its resources on graft, leaving the general population with an illiteracy rate of 88% and the formerly oil wealthy country, bankrupt!

    And this is what they waste their time doing!!!!

    Nigeria is a disgrace!

    Posted by: BrainsB | Nov 23, 2011 11:14:24 AM

  5. What Aid from the US would make us act stupidly and foolishly in Nigeria? YOU CAN CALL OUR SENATE NAMES. YOU ARE NOT BETTER WITH ALL THE POVERTY AND JOBLESSNESS HITTING THE USA. Very soon the US Senate will succumb to a bill permitting Animals like Dogs and Goats wedding their citizens because their fundamental human rights should not be infringed upon. Very soon Mothers and fathers in the US would seek to marry their blood and foster children because of the so called fundamental human rights. Very soon blood brothers and blood sisters will seek for a bill to be passed by the United State Senate to marry one another all in the name of fundamental human rights!
    Keep Religion aside Gays and Lesbians are deviants with all their supporters. This is Africa; keep your aids to yourself. WE WILL NOT FALL INTO YOUR ERRORS IN THE USA. With all the Aids where is the US economy heading to. When you threw morals out of your schools and embraced wicked and loose lives, what do you expect to reap? It is surprising that when presidential candidates are found or “discovered” to have lived past immoral sexual lives it becomes a national issue. However on the other side permission is granted for men to wed men, women to wed women and we see nothing wrong in that. What confusion and hypocrisy? VERY SOON MEN WILL SEEK TO WED CATS, DOGS, GOATS, CHIMPS, IT WILL SURELY HAPPEN IN THE ONLY GREAT AND FREE HUMAN RIGHTS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

    Posted by: RALPHE IBE | Nov 29, 2011 2:07:50 PM

  6. Ralph:

    Do you really want Africans to behave like those Europeans who were Nazis? You'd really like committing genocide? I thought you were better than that. There is no moral high ground when you are imprisoning and murdering people who've done no harm.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 29, 2011 2:29:16 PM

  7. If The US and others are not happy about the Anti-Gay law in Nigeria, and they claim homosexuality is a human right, then they should enact laws in their country allowing Polygamy. Since people have the right to choose how to relate sexually and have the right to love and to be loved. Nigeria does not need your aid. 3 Million Barrels of Oil per day isn't a joke...

    Posted by: Davies | Dec 4, 2011 4:31:15 AM

  8. By the way Its 14 years in Jail for any one engaging in Gay marriage and 10years in prison for perpetrators..

    Posted by: Davies | Dec 4, 2011 4:32:43 AM

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