Gay? Know Someone Who Is? Nigeria Wants to Jail You

Nigerian lawmakers this week approved a bill that would radically extend the country’s existing anti-gay laws to punish those who marry someone of the same-sex and those who failed to denounce them.

The legislation, which was approved by the House this week and by the Senate in November last year, would make it an offense to participate in or be party to a same-sex marriage. A penalty of up to 14 years in prison awaits anyone who violates this law.

The anti-gay animus during the House debate was blatant.

Reports Daily Nation:

“It is alien to our society and culture and it must not be imported,” House majority leader Mulikat Adeola-Akande said during debate, referring to same-sex marriage. “Religion abhors it and our culture has no place for it,” she added.

House minority leader Femi Gbajabiamila said the bill represents “convergence of both law and morality.” He said that same-sex marriage “is both illegal and immoral.”

Further, the legislation would make it an offense to “directly or indirectly” make a “public show of same-sex amorous relationships.” The clause appears to be so open ended that any same-gender conduct could be suspect.

The legislation would also tighten current laws to virtually make gay rights groups illegal. As has been demonstrated in other nations where such bans have been flirted with or applied, this risks seriously hampering the fight against HIV/AIDS by further criminalizing one of the at risk populations — men who have sex with other men.

Sadly, the legislation is being billed as a defiant move against western ideology.

Reports AllAfrica:

Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, said the bill needed to be passed to send a strong signal to the western world that Nigeria was not prepared to sacrifice her moral and ethical values for the sake of foreign aids and donations.


Other lawmakers who contributed to the debate argued that the bid by the so-called advanced countries to export same sex marriage into Nigeria under the guise of protecting human rights and freedom of association was reprehensible and unacceptable.

The legislation has now been referred to legislative committee where it will undergo a clause by clause analysis.

However, a public hearing on the bill is not needed and given that Nigeria’s senate has already approved the legislation, so long as no substantial changes are made, the reconciliation process could be brief and the bill could become law within a matter of months.

Appealing to the country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, would also seem fruitless as it is believed that even if he returned the legislation to parliament, which seems unlikely, there is enough support in Nigeria’s legislative chambers to vote the bill through.

Why Nigeria’s lawmakers have chosen to move on this bill despite rabid unemployment and health concerns is unknown. Indeed, Nigeria’s marriage laws already de facto ban same-sex marriage, and therefore the bill would appear to be nothing more than an overt power play over western nations threatening Nigeria’s aid.

Both President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have expressed their disquiet at the bill and urged Nigeria to reconsider.

The US has already instructed all US agencies working with foreign governments that particular emphasis must be placed on the human rights standards expected of aid-recipients.

With this act, Nigeria joins Uganda and Liberia in moving forward with overtly hostile anti-gay legislation, the most infamous among them being Uganda’s Kill the Gays bill which lawmakers have vowed to pass by Christmas.


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Paul H.
Paul H.4 years ago

To Sarah h. sometimes but usually after they sodomize them. Which by the way, is having sex with another man.

Deirdre G.
Deirdre G4 years ago

many in the african countries believe that people choose to be gay. they also see it as a disease

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 years ago

In Muslim countries they will kill gay people.

Pamela Tracy
Pamela Tracy5 years ago

Fact check. I said long ago that the churches were a big part of the problem. Fact is, African countries have cultural issues that the churches monopolize upon that also cause equality a problem. Fact is African men still treat their women like they are trash if they can get away with it.

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

Fact Check: in AFRICAN COUNTRIES, the Roman Catholic Church, together with Evangelical Christian Protestants, together with even Fundamentalist Muslims! - "traditional enemies"? not so very much!!! - they have ALL gotten together behind HOMOPHOBIC BILLS such as Uganda's "Kill the Gays" and Nigeria's "Jail the Gays", and other such Bills!
Again, this comes from RELIABLE NEWS SOURCES {not Fox!} used by Seattle Gay News, which is quite a respectable Alternative Newspaper of long standing!
These VERIFIABLE FACTS are not negated by the fact of there being "good" people who are Catholic, too. [I don't see how they can TOLERATE the Homophobe antics of their Hierarchy, but anyway...]
{Or negated by the fact that SOME of the money collected from parishioners by the Catholic church, goes to other things besides Homophobic election efforts. The FACT is, that the parishioners CANNOT TELL THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS, THAT THEY DON'T WANT THEM TO USE THE PARISHIONERS' MONEY THAT WAY. The Catholic Bishops can do whatever they darn well please! In future elections with Marriage Equality bills on the ballot in more States, the Bishops could pull the same stunt again... while whining and saying they are "bankrupt" from paying out funds for keeping Pedophile Priests silent and hidden... {ANOTHER thing parishioners have no control over!}

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

Justice R.:
Fact Check: It is FACT, that in the 4 States in this election that had Marriage Equality Bills on the Ballot, the Catholic Church spent some 2 million dollars {at least!} combating those Bills. Specifically, the Catholic Bishops. It is FACT, also, that much of this money WAS collected from parishioners; parishioners who did not necessarily either know, or agree with, how the money they put in the collection plates was spent. {The MAJORITY of American Catholics polled, support Marriage Equality! Not so, the Bishops. And, ONLY the Bishops, determine how the money is spent! The Catholic Church is a Dictatorship, NOT a Democracy!}
My info comes from the Seattle Gay News; which gets it from recognized News Sources. Which can be looked up and verified. Also, by the way, the Catholic Bishops ordered anti-Gay-marriage propaganda to be READ IN CHURCH. Some priests here, REFUSED TO DO THAT. The Catholic Church ought to LOSE ITS TAX-EXEMPT STATUS!
Fact Check: in AFRICAN COUNTRIES, the Roman Catholic Church, together with Evangelical Christian Protestants, together with even Fundamentalist Muslims! - "traditional enemies"? not so very much!!! - they have ALL gotten together behind HOMOPHOBIC BILLS such as Uganda's "Kill the Gays" and Nigeria's "Jail the Gays", and other such Bills!
Again, this comes from RELIABLE NEWS SOURCES {not Fox!} used by Seattle Gay News, which is quite a respectable Alternative Newspaper of long standing!
These VERIFIABLE FACTS are not negated by

Christopher M.
Christopher M.5 years ago

Hey Pam W. the Bible is not my personal fairy tale. It has been written that way for centuries if not millenia. You got a beef about how it is written, take it to God.

Justice Ross
Justice Ross5 years ago

Seriously, BMutiny T.?
First of all, I would like you to know that I am a devout Catholic, and yet I actively advocate LGBT rights.
Second of all, money in MY church's donation box goes to feeding the hungry in our community, as well as other donations of food and clothing. While some of the Catholic Church's money as a whole possibly goes to the efforts you describe, not all money in churches' individual collection boxes goes to the Church as a whole. In fact, much of it goes to maintaining the church and supporting the community. If the church has a private school associated with it, some of the funds may go there as well.
Third of all, I have never heard a priest or any of my Sunday School or Confirmation teachers preach homophobia. While I know this is a common tenet of the Catholic faith, I know many Catholics who do not agree with this stance.
I don't know where you are getting your information on the inner workings of the Catholic Church, but much of it is inaccurate. Please be sure to double check your sources before making such generalizations.
Despite all your hoping, your post was neither informative nor did it tell me how to help eradicate homophobia. It did tell me how not to contribute to it, in some ways, but not how to actively work against it.
In a real informative guide, experience has shown that the best way to eradicate homophobia is by openly expressing tolerance, and standing up for those who are bullied or denied rights because they are LGBT

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil

Research is being done, that shows that African history, back when Pagans and even when Muslims were prominent, did NOT feature Homophobia - as in fact, was true in MOST indigenous traditions all over the Planet - including among Asians and Native Americans. {See the early research of Edward Carpenter and others.}
Homophobia is being INTRODUCED AND STIRRED UP ARTIFICIALLY, by The Family, and they are working with Catholics - and even with fundamentalist Muslims! - in Africa, shamelessly, to get their Anti-Gay Agenda passed in ALL these separate African countries.
1] BUY CHICK-FIL-A SANDWICHES. The Profit$$$ go to the Nonprofit arm of the Corporation, which SUPPORTS THIS WORK.
2] PUT MONEY IN THE COLLECTION PLATE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. You think that money goes to help the POOR? Catholic Charity money IS ACTUALLY GOVERNMENT MONEY - YOUR MONEY. Money from the Collection Plate, and Donations, GOES TO THE CATHOLIC HOMOPHOBIC AGENDA. Both at home, and abroad.
Hope this has been an informative Guide to how YOU can Help Push Homophobia...

Alan G.
Alan G5 years ago

Hey if the King James Version was good enough for Saint Paul it's good enough for Christopher M.

Never mind that they did things like rename an apostle!