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Nigeria Advances Bill That Would Criminalize Homosexual PDA, Same-Sex Marriage, Gay Organizations

Nigeria's house of Representatives advanced an anti-homosexuality bill that would criminalize public displays of affection between people of the same gender and ban same-sex marriage, The Nation reports:

Nigeria"It is alien to our society and culture and it must not be imported," House majority leader Mulikat Adeola-Akande said during debate, referring to same-sex marriage. "Religion abhors it and our culture has no place for it," she added.

House minority leader Femi Gbajabiamila said the bill represents "convergence of both law and morality." He said that same-sex marriage "is both illegal and immoral."

Nigeria's senate in November 2011 approved the bill that would make same-sex marriages punishable by up to 14 years for the couple and 10 for anyone abetting such unions. It also set out a 10-year sentence for "any person who ... directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationships".

Gay organizations would also be banned, and AIDS relief organizations are concerned that they too might fall into that category. The bill passed a unanimous second reading in the House and will be considered next at an undetermined date for a clause-by-clause review.

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  1. This is EXACTLY why I stopped giving any kind of financial aid to African charities. They elect absolutely ridiculous politicians who fu&k up their country and then they expect us to step in and help them out of the mess they created.

    HIV and AIDS is an epidemic in Nigeria and this backward thinking will make it worse. Their economy is already in the toilet. These new laws will make it far worse than they ever imagined.

    We need to pressure our own governments to stop giving any kind of assistance - financial or otherwise - to idiot nations like this who are too stupid to even help themselves. OUR tax money is being given to help prop up these failing governments. It's time for it to stop. These nations need to learn the hard way. They need to elect good leaders and take responsibility for themselves.
    South Africa learned the hard way. Whole generations of people - gay and straight - were wiped out by HIV/AIDS and so their economy has been in the toilet ever since. MILLIONS of children have lost their parents and grandparents to HIV/AIDS. South Africa has now changed it's laws to be pro gay and have been working to improve education about gays, HIV and AIDS. They had no choice - they had reached rock bottom.

    NO MORE MR NICE CHARITY GUY !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 13, 2012 7:33:41 PM


  2. This is an issue of gay rights, not AIDS. Where is the UN on this homophobic bill?

    Posted by: jason | Nov 13, 2012 7:43:25 PM


  3. @Jason - I suggest you read the WHOLE article. They are going to ban gay organizations who do so much good for people with HIV/AIDS. This is a GAY issue and an HIV/AIDS issue. The two are connected.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Nov 13, 2012 7:56:11 PM


  4. Speaking of "alien to our society and culture," exactly which religion are they basing their "morality" on?

    Posted by: Dan | Nov 13, 2012 7:58:39 PM


  5. Religion poisons everything.

    Western (and Mid-Eastern) societies have a moral responsibility to clean up the toxic religious trash they dumped on Africa.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 13, 2012 8:13:39 PM


  6. We need to stop any government assistance to these countries, instead send them everyone of these dimwits who want to seceed from the Union. They have kindred haters in Africa.

    Posted by: Bart | Nov 13, 2012 8:51:24 PM


  7. africa is tuning in to the us in the 50s

    Posted by: bandanajack | Nov 13, 2012 11:26:32 PM


  8. "alien to our society"...
    Absolute nonsense. Homosexuality is part of every society......
    Christianity,... that is far more likely to be alien to your society........and much more a colonial import.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Nov 14, 2012 2:08:02 AM


  9. ICEBLOO - I appreciate your apparently informed and thoughtful comments.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Nov 14, 2012 7:51:45 AM


  10. Where did that map of Africa and the Mideast come from? I doesn't even show Yemen, among other errors.

    I won't even delve into Icebloo's comments about South Africa. But you might want to read about a country before commenting on it.

    Posted by: Paul R | Nov 14, 2012 8:32:06 AM


  11. I think it's OK, now they can re-initiate their eternal internal war between Muslims and Christians, don't let gays be the excuse to avoid killing each other. Africa, ahead of all the nations when it comes to human rights, as always.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Nov 14, 2012 4:16:46 PM


  12. I'm from Nigeria...I don't live there anymore. The government is corrupt and inept, and most of the people are stupid.

    Posted by: Deee! | Nov 14, 2012 5:09:55 PM



  13. Here's a petition that gives me hope. Sign it.
    Many countries are still fueled by hate, through patriarchy. We need to be the voice for those who won't be heard, in this case, queer Nigerians.

    http://www.allout.org/en/actions/nigeria-veto

    Posted by: Activist | Nov 21, 2012 7:08:24 PM


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