Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Nigeria New Law Bans Gay Meetings

Nigeria New Law Bans Gay Meetings

A new law in Nigeria, signed by president Goodluck Jonathan Monday has made it illegal for gay people to even hold a meeting. The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act criminalizes homosexual clubs, associations and organizations, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

According to the text of the new law, “[a] person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies or organizations, or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offense and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years.”

The copy of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan was dated Jan. 7, meaning it was signed earlier in secrecy. Also, the copy obtained from the House of Representatives in Abuja, showed it was signed by lawmakers and senators unanimously on Dec. 17.

President Jonathan and several African leaders have warned they will not be dictated to on this subject of homosexuality that is against their culture and religion.

“The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act,” Kerry said in a statement released by the State Department. “Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.”

Nigeria joins the list of nations that does not accept gay marriage alongside Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Poland, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine


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