Nigeria passes law banning homosexuality

Nigeria passes law banning homosexuality

The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan Photo: REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

President quietly signs new legislation outlawing homosexuality and imposing prison terms of up to 14 years for people prosecuted under the new act

(SOURCE)    A new law in Nigeria, signed by the president without announcement, has made it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act also criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

The act has drawn international condemnation from countries such as the United States and Britain.

Some Nigerian gays already have fled the country because of intolerance of their sexual persuasion, and more are considering leaving, if the new law is enforced, human rights activist Olumide Makanjuola said recently.

Nigeria’s law is not as draconian as a Ugandan bill passed by parliament last month which would punish “aggravated” homosexual acts with life in prison. It awaits the president’s signature.

But Nigeria’s law reflects a highly religious and conservative society that considers homosexuality a deviation. Nigeria is one of 38 African countries – about 70 percent of the continent – that have laws persecuting gay people, according to Amnesty International.

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4 thoughts on “Nigeria passes law banning homosexuality

  1. why are we even having this conversation, a nation has its rights to declare homosexuality illegal without interference. It’s not worth starting a war over.

  2. Reblogged this on God's Enduring Love and commented:
    About 70% of African countries condemn what is ‘anathema to their culture and religion’- the practice of homosexual sex. The U.S. and Britain have condemned their new law. So should we be surprised at who is condemning who and on what basis, certainly culture and religion has become anathema and Almighty God has little honor if any, anymore.

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