Richard Branson Speaks Out Against Nigeria’s Anti-Gay Bill

Virgin head Richard Branson is speaking out against the bill pending in Nigeria that would imprison gay people and those who support them.

Writes Branson, on his blog:

BransonToo sad to comprehend that Nigeria are passing a law in this day and age to put gay people in prison just for being gay.

The Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage Bill passed through Nigeria’s Senate unopposed last week. It means gay couples entering into either marriage or cohabitation will be jailed for up to 14 years. Even people "witnessing" or "abetting" gay relationships could be punished under this sad, repressive and cruel law.

Like everyone else in society, gay people have an enormous amount to offer and Nigeria should embrace them not prosecute them.

All of us with influence in Nigeria must do what we can to stop this cruel law. I would urge educated Nigerians all over the world to do what they can to help fight this discrimination.

Nigeria's bill mandates 14 years in prison for same-sex couples who marry and 10 for those who help them. Amnesty International condemned the bill last week. This week activists delivered more than 58,000 signatures opposing the bill to the Nigerian Mission to the UN. I've written more about it here.