Friday, 21 October 2011 16:19

Nigeria Wants To Reinforce Anti-Gay Laws

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Lawmakers of Nigeria want to reinforce anti-gay laws which currently punish homosexuality by 14 years of prison.

Domingo Obende, the sponsor of this project, wishes that gay marriage is never legalized:
"The legalisation of same-sex marriage in our country will make the next generation never to recover from the law of committed God fearing family. Same sex marriage is spreading and spreading round the whole world just like pornography and terrorism which has become the order of the day if not arrested on time."

In the same way, any person who "witnesses, abets and aids the solemnisation of a same gender marriage contract" would be regarded as criminal.

And one can't say that senators oppose it: Senator Victor Lar thinks thus that gay marriage would lead to the end of the human race and Senator Oluremi Tinubu thinks that homosexuality causes "mental problems" in old age.

It seems that the bill advances and, according to Yemisi Ilesanmi , a LGBT militant, the bill already passed its second reading:
"A public hearing is scheduled for Monday 31st October, 2011. However, there are concerns within the Nigerian LGBT community that the recent bomb blasts in the country could be used as a pretext to deny public access to the hearing.

This bill would lead to harassment of people for their actual or imputed sexual orientation. It would also stifle freedom of expression and association through the proposed ban on organisations that support lesbian and gay rights.

The passing of the bill would give official validation to the harassment of sexual minorities and many homophobic persons would use it as a licence to discriminate against lesbians and gays."