Europe Condemns Nigeria’s Gay Marriage Prohibition Bill


The European Parliament this week adopted a resolution calling on Nigerian lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would punish those in a same-sex unions with 14 years in prison.

Says the Resolution:

[Parliament] Calls for the abolition of current legislation criminalising homosexuality, in some cases making it punishable by stoning; calls on the Nigerian Parliament to reject the ‘Same Gender Marriage Prohibition Bill’ which, if passed, would put LGBT people – both Nigerian nationals and foreigners – at serious risk of violence and arrest;

The bill, known as the  Same Gender Marriage Prohibition Bill, would also criminalize ‘aiding or abetting’ such unions with 10 years in prison. It would also leave open to prosecution tourists or humanitarian aid workers who are in a same-sex marriages or civil partnerships.The legislation also appears to make people who work in embassies but do so without diplomatic protections — such as technical staff –vulnerable.

Statements from MEPs come via the EP Intergroup on LGBT rights:

Michael Cashman MEP, Co-president of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBT Rights, commented: “Nigeria is already among the world’s top oppressors of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Why such a law now? Nigeria needs to follow the example of countries like Rwanda, Kenya or South Africa, which prove African nations don’t need to persecute the vulnerable in order to strive.”

Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-president of the LGBT Intergroup, continued: “Our Nigerian sisters and brothers have the European Parliament’s full solidarity in these difficult times. No group has ever called for same-sex marriage in Nigeria; our fellow lawmakers should stop obsessing about citizens’ private lives, and start tackling the dire socio-economic situation in Nigeria.”

Currently, Nigeria’s federal criminal code penalizes so-called homosexual conduct, while in states that have implemented Sharia law consensual male homosexual conduct can be punishable by death. Women may be flogged and also may serve a six-month prison sentence. The full reach of these penalties is rarely invoked but the threat remains.

Due to the work of various international and domestic human rights bodies, the country’s National Assembly has so far been unable to enact stauncher provisions, though this new push to further criminalize same-sex marriages certainly indicates the Assembly has not stopped trying.


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KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Beth M.
Beth M5 years ago

Will the resolution work? Think countries need to stop sending federal monies to Nigeria. Money talks.

Nicole Bergeron
Nicole Bergeron5 years ago

Africa is still in a state where having has many children as possible is the way of life due to how harsh the environment. Death rate is high among all ages. Sadly that may very well stay that way due to the fact that Africa is a harsh place to live.

Aravis O.
.5 years ago

And it is obvious that Europe will condemn Nigeria & other African countries when it comes to homosexuality. In my country we always say that if Europe supports something, keep far from it. Europe must understand that massa day done. They have done enough damage already in so many ways. Most of all is the spread of disease thru their sick beliefs among the people of the lands they invaded.

Why dont they condemn France for unfairing Haiti & stealing all their money, & adopt a resolution asking France to repay it?

Anne Cole
.5 years ago

Aravis, take your tin foil hat and just go away.

Aravis O.
.5 years ago


Next question is how will we stop the people from becoming gay at that time? Implement laws banning homosexuality (sic)?

Finally, just a thought for you. There is more than enough food & wealth in this world to easily feed everyone. The amount of food thrown away in the US, Canada & Europe each day can feed the entire world easily, including every hungry person in Africa & India. The world is not overpopulated with people. It is overpopulated by greedy, selfish, wasteful people.There is food for everyone in this world, & space enough for 3 times this present population, without cutting into the space already used for farming & vegetation. In fact if the "more people" you mentioned should turn gay were all Americans & Europeans it would have no effect on the underfed in this world.

Aravis O.
.5 years ago


Sigh! At last! Finally we have one gay supporter person admitting that homosexality is a genocidal lifestyle & its major effect is annihilation. Finally we have an admission that homosexuality is not the opposite of hetereosexuality asmost people tend to believe, but instead is the opposite of procreation...or just creation. Now if only we can have more gays supporters understanding this, then we can start the education process with them as to a genocidal lifestyle is not healthy & something that we should advise our children to do.

But baby steps are always good when trying to overcome ignorance. We have to start somewhere. So now that your brain is expanding having arrived at that astonishing revelation, given time your brain may just understand the next step from there.

The next step is this. So seeing that we admit that homosexuality restricts the population of the world, it is obvious that too much homosexuals can cause "over-restriction" which can eventually cause the end of the human race. Duh! This can happen even faster if we have a few more pandemics & disasters thrown in for good measure. And we know that with so many homosexuals there will be more disease. So the question is, can the "more people" you mentioned who should become gay, be effectively & precisely measured so that we know when the population is at the exact right amount, so that we can then tell people to stop becoming gay?
Next question is how will we stop the peopl

Glenn Byrnes
Glenn B5 years ago

If more people were gay, the world wouldn't have become the overcrowded, underfed, overpolluted dustball it is today.

Pamylle G.
Pamylle G5 years ago

Well done, Europe !

Sarah Mumford
S M5 years ago

Thank you EU Parliament for taking this on. As Mr Cashman said, 'Why such a law now?' The same applys to Ghana and Uganda and ....