14 November 2012

Nigeria: Bill to Prohibit Same Sex Marriage Passes Second Reading in House

The House of Representatives yesterday began processes of concurring with the Senate on the criminalisation of same sex marriage.

Senators had in November last year passed the Bill , stipulating among other things, 14 years imprisonment for gay couples who consummate such union in matrimony, as well as a 10 year prison term for any person who help in any way to ensure such marriages take place.

MPs unanimously read the legislation for the seventh time yesterday when they debated the merits and general principles of the Bill transmitted to them from the upper legislative chamber.

It was also committed to the committee of the whole for consideration and third reading.

House Majority Leader Rep. Mulikat Akande-(PDP, Oyo), who led the debate yesterday, described the practice of same sex marriage as "alien to our society and must not be imported," which is abhorred by "our religions and cultural values".

Chairman of the House Committee on the Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa said those who use the issue of human rights to promote homosexuality should remember that they are in the minority and should not indulge in the practice because million others would be offended.

Rep. Yakubu Dogara (PDP, Bauchi) blamed the West for championing the course of gays through threat in aids and development support.

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