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Nigeria Advances Anti-Gay Bill, Latest African Nation to Try to ’Ban’ Homosexuality

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Nov 15, 2012
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Lawmakers in Nigeria have been pushing through an anti-gay bill that would radically push back on equal rights in the West African country.

The bill is dangerously close to becoming law, according to the Daily Nation. Nigeria’s Senate has already approved it. It recently passed a second reading in the House of Representatives with a unanimous vote. It is now set to go through a clause-by-clause review in the chamber, with the date yet to be announced.

If the bill is passed, it would severely limit the rights of gay men and woman in Africa’s most populous nation. LGBT Nigerians already face extreme hardships.

A year ago, Nigeria’s senate approved the Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage Bill. The proposed legislation would go much further, including sentencing gay couples, who try to marry or live together, to a maximum of 14 years in jail, which is similar to laws in other African nations that oppose homosexuality.

Under the proposed law, individuals who witness or help these couples would face a 10-year sentence. Additionally, the bill bans public displays of affection between same-sex couples. LGBT organizations would also be made illegal.

"It is alien to our society and culture and it must not be imported," House majority leader Mulikat Adeola-Akande said about same-sex marriage. "Religion abhors it and our culture has no place for it," she added.

House Minority Leader Femi Gbajabiamila called gay marriage "both illegal and immoral" and said that the bill represents "convergence of both law and morality."

The country’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, must sign off on the bill in order for it to become law.

Several countries in Africa are fierce in their opposition to not only LGBT rights and marriage equality, but also the very presence of gay men and lesbians in their country. On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Uganda’s legislature was set to pass an anti-gay bill that originally sentenced gay men to death for some gay acts before the end of the year in the face of protests from around the world.

Ugandan Speaker Rebecca Kadaga said the East African nation’s citizens "are demanding it" and that gay men and woman pose a "serious threat" to children. Gay marriage is already outlawed in Uganda, and the country’s penal code criminalizes homosexuality.

In 2009, a lawmaker, David Bahati, urged for a stronger law that would protect children from homosexuals. He expressed the belief that rich gay men from the West were "recruiting" poor children into gay lifestyles. American evangelicals, led by Scott Lively, have been instrumental in forwarding Uganda’s anti-gay legislation.

On Nov. 11, AP pointed out that Christians and Muslims in another African nation, Liberia, came together to launch a campaign that urges a ban on same-sex marriage and any LGBT organizations. The campaign is looking to gain 1 million signatures. The group has already collected more than 25,000 signatures.

Amidst the depressing number of African countries that seem to be falling over themselves in their rhetoric, Malawi’s government recently announced that it would suspend laws that ban homosexuality while officials debate on an outright repeal.

Currently, gay men and woman in Malawi are prohibited from getting married or entering into any kind of relationship, and consensual homosexual acts are punishable by law with individuals facing up to 14 years in prison. The country’s justice minister said police are not allowed to arrest or prosecute gay men and woman until Malawi’s parliament votes to repeal the anti-gay laws.

Comments

  • gdhamf, 2012-11-15 05:23:21

    I get so much money(scam email) that I think I will combine a few settlements/motto winnings and just purchase the whole country and make myself chairman and decide the laws like they do, whatever whim takes me.


  • bsinps, 2012-11-15 13:00:51

    F..king bunch of Barbarians


  • Anonymous, 2012-11-15 18:54:07

    Cut Them off from all aid, finances, and support of any kind. Stop them from entering our nations because just them entering our borders violates human rights for all of us that respect human rights and life. Human rights laws were enacted specifically because of Jr.Hitlers like this. Just cut them off completely so they cannot spread that poison to our civilized nations.


  • Anonymous, 2012-11-16 04:24:18

    Tine to start underground railroads


  • Anonymous, 2012-11-16 07:46:15

    Fuck u all who have posted the above comments and if u think we can’t survive with out your aid then try and cut it off but it won’t change our stand, homosexuality has never and will never be part of us just let us be and learn to respect people’s cultures


  • Anonymous, 2012-11-16 09:32:46

    Okay you make illegal a group of individuals that are unidentifiable until caught or outed (if true). You find it is your friend, brother, sister, mother, father, uncle, aunt, etc. Now you automatically hate them and wish them ill. Hope that makes you happy. Just remember today it’s them and then tomorrow it’s you for what you thought was right.


  • Anonymous, 2012-11-16 09:50:08

    Are you sure the "N" word is still politically incorrect? It sure fits here.


  • Anonymous, 2012-11-16 10:07:52

    You have made the effort to comment on an article on an LGBT news-site, mr Anonymous homophobe.You are offensive, rude and painting an awful picture for Africa as a continent.Sincerely, a disgraced South African.


  • gdhamf, 2012-11-16 17:52:30

    Well, if you do not need the aid then stop asking for it. The world has seen how successful your culture has been up till now, how is that AIDS epidemic growing in your str8 culture, are you enjoying that? Still having children drink out of the filthy cesspool you call water over there? Has your "culture" been able to do anything about the abject poverty your people live in? Get back in your mud and dung hut and leave the rest of the world out of your lunatic country it is working so well for you!!!


  • Anonymous, 2013-02-13 11:17:30

    The above comment is 1 of the most obscene & vulgarly disrespectful comments I have ever seen!! There are things done in countries everywhere that people outside of that country usually don’t understand but to make comments such as the ones you have made are despicable. You don’t have to agree to be respectful. You should be able to maturely state your opinion and move on without insulting an entire people. Emotion weakens your point, back it with facts and not feelings!


  • Anonymous, 2013-02-13 17:08:54

    This gay debate thing opens our eyes as Africans to realise that the west has always despised our ways of life and looked down on our entire existence if am to go by the comments I have seen posted. I think this is an eye opener for every African to realise that sovereignty will only be respected if we stand for what we believe and found solutions to our own problems. LGBT or no LGBT, all you people have to respect the fact that every country deserves the right to follow what its people have decided through a democratic process.


  • Anonymous, 2013-02-13 17:40:55

    Aaaaaalright, mister Anonymous 2013-02-13 17:08:54, I’m speaking specifically to you. I am an African, born and raised in South Africa. My parents are Western. I travel, and I have seen life from both sides: Africa, and the West. Don’t you dare get all "let’s defend Africa from the West". Hate is not a "democratic process", it’s a bigoted and disrespectful means by which a country can use hateful lies to impose laws that would take away that which every person is born with -- EQUAL RIGHTS -- until they are proven LGBT? Tell me that is not crooked, I dare you wholeheartedly. You are plucking at straws, trying to play the decrepit, poor African victim, and as an African myself, I see through your absolute bullshit 100%. You aren’t fooling me, nor the other Africans that have to put up with your nonsense. The West does not despise Africa. You just assumed the entire Western World’s opinion of Africa from a couple of internet commenters? How do you even know where most of them are from unless they’ve said it themselves? This whole victimisation of homosexuality, bisexuality, transexuality, pansexuality, ET CETERA is disgusting, whether it is Nigeria, Russia, Uganda or the USA. Nigeria and Uganda just happen to be going the extra homophobic mile and making things illegal (in other words, punishing by law that which cannot be changed). I hope your prisons fill up so quickly with LGBT people that they explode from the massive rave parties that’ll eventually happen inside them. Group LGBTs together and parties just happen.


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-19 03:16:57

    Look at the idiots insulting africa, u have no shame whatsoever your continent as a large is morally decrepit, children getting pregnant as early as 13years of age, u delve into sodomy and ur deCayed brain cannot tell u its wrong, u must be mad, who the hell needs ur Motherf**cking funds, as far as we are concerned u can shove it down ur filthy, God-forsaken Ass!!! The anti-gay bill will be passed and U offsprings of lucifer won’t be able to do a damn thing about it! Fucktards! From a Patriotic Nigerian


  • Anonymous, 2013-04-19 03:22:57

    Even Dogs and Goats do not have sex with the same gender of their kind, this is to show thet U guys are even loweR than them, what a shame, we as a country have a right to pass whatever law we deem fiT, if u’re not satisfied with it, go hug an electric pole, learn to Stfu and mind ur own goddam business


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