Nigerian Senate Bans Same-Sex Marriage

Nigeria’s senate passed a bill on Tuesday outlawing same-sex marriage in Africa’s most populous country as well as banning public displays of affection between homosexual couples.

Approval of the bill, which still must be voted on by the House of Representatives and signed by President Goodluck Jonathan, came after debate that saw one lawmaker go as far as to suggest that offenders be killed.

The bill spells out a 14-year jail term for anyone who enters into same-sex marriages or civil unions.

Those who abet or aid such unions could receive 10 years, as would “any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations” — a provision that seems to target gay advocacy groups as well.

The bill also sets out a 10-year sentence for “any person who … directly or indirectly makes public show of same sex amorous relationships.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned that his country will consider withholding aid from countries that do not recognise gay rights.

Senate President David Mark said during debate on the bill Tuesday that “our values are our values.”

“If there is any country that does not want to give us aid or assistance just because we want to hold on to our values, that country can keep her aid and assistance,” he said.

“No country has the right to interfere in the way we make our own laws, because we don’t interfere in the way others make their own laws.”

Senator Baba-Ahmed Yusuf Datti of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change party said during debate, in an apparent reference to same-sex couples violating the proposed law, that “such elements should be killed.”

During a public hearing last month, gay activists staged a protest outside parliament calling for the bill to be dropped, saying it infringed on their fundamental human rights.

It was unclear why lawmakers decided a ban was necessary, with gay marriage not known to be prevalent in Nigeria and homosexuals already harshly discriminated against.

On Tuesday, one rights activist called the bill a waste of time in a country lacking even the most basic infrastructure, including adequate electricity, despite Nigeria’s status as Africa’s largest oil producer.

“I can’t recall a particular place where this type of marriage has taken place in Nigeria,” said Adetokunbo Mumuni, director of the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project.

“This particular thing they have assented to is a thing of no substance to Nigeria. They should focus on things that affect the majority of Nigerians.”

South Africa is the only African country that allows same-sex marriage, but violence against openly gay people is common.

In the east African nation of Uganda, a controversial bill that calls for the death penalty for certain homosexual acts was recently reintroduced in the parliament.

-RNW

  1. John Reply

    So what you people are saying is that they should kill anybody that acts like a woman? As i type my friend is being held in Delta state at koko community by some villagers and theives saying that the family should give N100,000 to bail him or they kill him. Is this the kind of Nigeria we live in today? Haba! That guy has a family! He is not married to a man, he just acts like a woman! Help should come to him fast and soon please! Here is the number of the victim 08033311387 . Remember Koko community in Delta state. God bless you.

  2. Abraham Reply

    God bless Nigeria! The madness, polution and backsliding that is destroynig Britain and many western nations should never be allowed to creep into our land. Let Cameron and leaders like him who have sold their birtrights sink alone together! Righteousness makes a Nation great (PROVERBS 14:34). There is hope for Nigeria! Thanks Abraham.

    • Nicat Reply

      I agree with you. ‘Luring’ is the exact word to use.Some years ago, I read a TIME editorial about how ocohsls in Europe and North America were trying to survive in the face of dwindling populations due to their very low birth rates. Their main strategy for survival was to actively develop ways to entice students from high birth-rate countries in Africa and Asia to their ocohsls with scholarships and other attractive stipends.Of course, in the late 80s and 90s, the educational systems of the countries in Africa and Asia were being systematically strangulated by starving them of funds via IMF/World Bank conditionalities of the Structural Adjustment Program (SAP). The primary condition for getting a World Bank loan was to drastically cut down spending on education and other social services.By the turn of the century, universities in every country that took the IMF loan had become glorified shells of their former selves.I admit their all these were done with the complicity of corrupt government officials in those countries. In the early to mid-80s, most universities in Nigeria were considered as World class centers of knowledge in very many disciplines from Medicine (UI, UNN, LAG, BEN etc), Sciences (UI, ABU, LAG, UNN & practically ALL Nigerian universities then), Arts (IFE, BEN, ABU, etc). All these until the pestilence called Babangida happened on Nigeria … N.I.M.M.O

    • Sapatinho Reply

      The problem with that rnnioaseg is that those ceremonies don’t have anything to do with sexuality at all.Neither do the literal words of heterosexual marriage ceremonies, either. The sexual connotations of traditional weddings survive not in the text of the ceremony but in the cultural trappings. It’s easy to imagine the same thing being the case for these ceremonies as well. Anyway, what other purpose would they serve? One hardly needs a ceremony to just be friends with someone. It’s clear that these ceremonies represent a deep, lasting committment between two persons of the same sex, just like marriage. The idea that these ceremonies represent friendship as opposed to same-sex union is just nonsense.As for David and Jonathan, concluding that is was a “marriage” isn’t something that can really be done. It is possible that context was there, but the original Hebrew is ambiguous.Maybe you haven’t read the Bible ever. Tell me if you find this sequence of events ambiguous :1) David meets Johnathan. They have an immediate, deep connection.2) They arrange to meet.3) Johnathan takes all his clothes off in front of David.4) David tells Johnathan he prefers him to women.5) They’re discovered by Johnathan’s father, who accuses David of confusing the desires of his son.6) They have a ceremony akin to a marriage. From then on, the example of David and Johnathan becomes the example given during Catholic same-sex wedding rites.It’s a gay marriage, Jay. Right there in the Bible.Furthermore, in the same passage, David marries Michal, which certainly doesn’t make it seem like the two were “married” in any real sense.It’s called plural marriage. You might have noticed, if you had ever read a Bible, that there’s more plural marriages in the Bible than monogamous ones.It never has been in the Western context, and that’s where our society and law derives itself.Leaving aside the example of David and Johnathan, which you’re clearly deluding yourself about, when did this suddenly become just the Western context? And since when does America derive cultural values only from white Europeans? What, it’s fine when Africans contribute jazz and barbeque, but they’d better keep their ideas about society and culture to themselves?

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