31 May 2013

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

Photo: Irin
Gays join fight against HIV/AIDS.

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."

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2013 AlertNet. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

InFocus

Rights Groups Ask Nigeria's Jonathan to Veto Gay Law

Gays join fight against HIV/AIDS.

A group of 10 local and international human rights organisations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately ... Read more »