Nigerian Leaders Come Out Against Same Sex Marriage
1 year ago
Homosexuality is already illegal is the country
In a preemptive strike, Nigeria's political leaders have voted into law a ban on same sex marriage. It doesn't matter that homosexuality is already banned in the country. They just didn't want anyone getting any bright ideas.
BBC News reports:
"This is to be pro-active so no-one catches us unaware," says Senator Ahmed Lawan, one of the backers for new legislation that would further criminalise Nigeria's gay community.
The Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage Bill last week sailed unopposed through the Senate - the country's highest chamber.
Under the new bill, same-sex couples entering into either marriage or cohabitation would face jail terms of up to 14 years.
Those "witnessing" or "abetting" such relationships would also face custodial sentences, and groups that advocate for gay and lesbian rights could also be penalised.
The lawmakers say they are simply reflecting the prevailing values of Nigerian society.
"We are protecting humanity and family values, in fact, we are protecting civilization in its entirety," Mr Lawan tells the BBC from his office in the capital, Abuja.
"Should we allow for indiscriminate same-sex marriage, very soon the population of this world would diminish."