Nigerian President Signs Law Criminalizing Gay Marriage, Gay Groups with 14 Year Jail Term

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has signed into law a bill banning gay marriage and public displays of homosexuality and relationships, as well as gay organizations and societies, Al Jazeera reports:

JonathanJonathan's spokesman Reuben Abati said on Monday that the president signed the bill because it was consistent with the attitudes of most people towards homosexuality in the west African nation.

They add:

Under the terms of the law, anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage or civil union can be sentenced to 14 years in prison while any such partnerships entered into abroad are deemed "void".

It also warns that anyone who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations or who directly or indirectly makes a public show of a same-sex relationship will break the law. Punishment is up to 10 years in prison, it adds.

Said Jonathan's spokesman:

"I can confirm that the president has signed the bill into law. More than 90 percent of Nigerians are opposed to same-sex marriage. So, the law is in line with our cultural and religious beliefs as a people. And I think that this law is made for a people and what [the] government has done is consistent with the preference of its environment."

The bill passed its final senate hurdle late in December. Jonathan's spokesman did not say when the President had signed the bill, but said he had done so sometime earlier this month.

Secretary of State John Kerry's full statement:

The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act. 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. We join with those in Nigeria who appeal for the protection of their fellow citizens’ fundamental freedoms and universal human rights.

Comments

  1. johnny says

    “So, the law is in line with our cultural and religious beliefs as a people.”

    Oh, except for the 10 percent of our people whose opinions we’ve chosen to simply ignore – or we’ll throw ’em in jail for 14 years, their choice.

  2. HadenoughBS says

    The once…and future…top third world country on Earth (with numerous others, including Russia, chasing you)! Hey, US Dept. of State, whatcha gonna do about these bigots???

  3. StevyD says

    I am notifying my US Senators and House Representatives that my tax dollars must not go to this country in any form except (grudgingly) as disaster aid. I will not support such outrageous behavior with my tax money and now, I realize that Nigeria would not want such money, tainted as it is by GLBT people.

  4. SAYTHETRUHT says

    Sure, that law will improve Nigerian quality of life. Too easy to mock, they are pitiful, the sad part is that millions suffer there and they are going backward. Reality is unforgiving. Africa is de-evolving.

  5. terry says

    I’ve been to 40 countries but only one in Africa, Egypt. This is exactly why. Primitives who still stone their neighbors for witchcraft. I agree that a penny of our tax dollars spent to support these fools is far worse than going to Sochi.

  6. ROBERT says

    I’ve been to Nigeria about six times, for work. This is not the Third World. This is the Fourth World, with aspirations toward rising to Third World status that will never be achieved. This certainly doesn’t help their esteem in the eyes of developed nations. Yes, there are some good people saddled with living here, but overall, it’s an absolutely awful place in so many regards.

  7. jjose712 says

    I think the correct thing to do is stop sending money to countries that don’t respect basic human rights.

  8. bigeorge says

    Cutting aid to Nigeria will not work. Nigeria is an oil-producing juggernaut for the west. We can stop buying oil from them but be ready to pay $7/gallon at the gas station. The problem with Nigeria is the radical Islam from the North. When I last visited in the 80s the country had a ‘live and let’s live” attitude. That all changed in the last decade after 9/11.

    This not just about gays, remember a few years ago there was a woman about to be stoned to death for ‘out of wedlock’ pregnancy. It was an international outcry that spared her life.

  9. Xtal says

    Just carpet-bomb the country. More than 90% can take the bullet-train straight to HELL. For the remainder, it would be a sweet release from existence in this anti-gay dystopian world.

  10. Hey Darlin' says

    When it comes to certain countries ruled by the VERY few with money and freedom from the very laws they enact, one must wonder how the other 99% of voiceless citizens would actually like to live their lives.

    We can be told what voiceless people in a country think all day, it doesn’t mean it’s the truth.

  11. Daniel says

    Remember after World War II the goal was to identify the top human rights violators on the planet so they could be dealt with accordingly. This is just part of the process. It is not like Nigeria can stop the more than 2.5 billion LGBTA people on the planet from retaliating. The Nigerian government can only pass laws proving the government is guilty of mass human rights violations – guilty of genocide.

  12. PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS says

    This cesspool of a nation has the vast majority of its population living in dire poverty and yet their “leaders” concentrate on spewing abhorrent vile hatred upon its citizens????

    Part of the blame for these disguting hatefilled laws being enacted in Africa is the American far right lunatic nutbags who have seen their campaign of hate going down in flames in this country exporting their nescient banefull hate to these countries taking advantage of a mostly ignorant population preying on their fears…….

    I take some satisfaction in knowing that when all these nefarious scum burn out their vile mortal coils they will have earned a one way ticket for the evil wicked way they have led their lives to suffer in the bowels of hell for eternity………..