Tuesday, 20 November 2012 23:03

Marriage Equality To Be A Crime In Nigeria

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A bill aiming at prohibiting marriage equality in Nigeria is currently studied by the House of Representatives.

Rep. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, the Leader of the House, said the bill would also protect and preserve the Nigerian culture, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

She urged members to support the second reading of the bill, saying that marriage between same sex "is foreign to the culture and traditions of Nigerians."

She said, "this same sex marriage is alien to our culture and not ordained by God; same sex or gender marriage is completely alien to our society and culture.

"This practice has no place in our culture, religion, Nigeria or anywhere in Africa, it is immorality and debasement of our culture, we condemn it in totality."

Same sex relationships are illegal in Nigeria. If this law is adopted, any gay and lesbian couples who marry or lives in cohabitation will be sentenced to 14 years of prison.