31 May 2013

Nigerian Lawmakers Back 14-Year Jail Term for Same-Sex Marriage

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Abuja — Lawmakers in Nigeria have approved a bill that would impose a 14-year prison sentence on gays and lesbians who enter into same-sex marriage contracts and a 10-year jail term for same-sex public displays of love.

The bill, passed by the House of Representatives, is similar to one already approved by the Senate, the Premium Times of Nigeria reported.

The measure, if signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan, could cost the country development aid. British Prime Minister David Cameron has said the United Kingdom would cut off aid to countries that fail to respect gay rights.

The bill sets a 10-year sentence for "any person who directly or indirectly makes a public show of same-sex amorous relationships".

It bans marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples throughout Nigeria and threatens a 10-year jail term for any individual or group who "administers, witnesses, screens and shields the solemnisation of same-sex marriage."

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