lawmakers moved a step closer Tuesday to approving a bill that would harshly
crack down on gay rights, including banning same-sex marriage and public
displays of affection between homosexual couples.
Senate passed a second reading in the House of Representatives with an
unanimous vote and will now see a clause-by-clause review in the chamber at an
“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.
bill represents “convergence of both law and morality.” He said that same-sex
marriage “is both illegal and immoral.”
that would make same-sex marriages punishable by up to 14 years for the couple
and 10 for anyone abetting such unions.
who … directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous
leading some to raise concerns over whether funding channeled through
non-governmental organisations in Nigeria for AIDS treatment would be put in
clause-by-clause review. President Goodluck Jonathan must sign off on the bill
to give it final approval in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil
warned that his country will consider withholding aid from countries that do
not recognise gay rights. The United States has expressed concerns over the
government agencies that play an active foreign policy role to take steps to
encourage foreign nations to put a premium on gay, lesbian, bisexual and
priority other than to gain popular support since gay marriage is not known to
be prevalent in Nigeria and homosexuals are already harshly discriminated
against.Nigeria is a highly religious society, with its 160 million people
roughly divided in half between Christians and Muslims, though as sigificant
number are also believed to follow traditional religions.