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President Goodluck Jonathan signs bill outlawing gay marriage in Nigeria
| January 14, 2014
President Goodluck Jonathan has signed the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) bill 2013 into law despite pressure from Western countries over gay rights and criticism from the United States. The President assented to the Act on January 6, 2014 and the assent note said, in part, I certify that this Bill has been carefully compared by me with the decision reached by the National Assembly and found by me to be true and correct decision of the Houses and is in accordance with the provisions of the Acts Authentication Act Cap. A2, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. I assent. The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, said the United States is deeply concerned by the signing of the law in Nigeria, saying, "Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly and expression for all Nigerians. It is inconsistent with Nigeria's international legal obligations and undermines ... democratic reforms and human rights protections." The Acts states, A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex: (a) is prohibited in Nigeria; and (b) shall not be recognized as entitled to the benefits of a valid marriage. A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex by virtue of a certificate issued by a foreign country is void in Nigeria, and any benefit accruing there-from by virtue of the certificate shall not be enforced by any court of law. A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex shall not be sole nixed in a church, mosque or any other place of worship of Nigeria. No certificate issued to persons of same sex in a marriage or civil union shall be valid in Nigeria. Only a marriage contracted between a man and a woman shall be recognized as valid in Nigeria. The registration of gay clubs, societies and organizations, their sustenance, processions and meetings is prohibited. The public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly is prohibited. A person who enters into a same sex marriage contract or civil union commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 14 years imprisonment. A person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations directly or indirectly makes public show of dame sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment. A person or group of persons who administers, witnesses, abets or aids the solemnization of a same sex marriage or civil union of supports the registration, operation and sustenance of gay clubs, societies, organizations, processions or meetings in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment. The High Court of a State or of the Federal Capital Territory shall have jurisdiction to entertain matters raiding from the breach of the provisions of this Act. Most European countries have embraced same-sex couples and are offering them the same legal rights enjoyed by heterosexuals but this has spurred a counter-response from African countries which have been tightening their laws against homosexuality. Britain and some other Western countries have threatened to cut aid to governments that pass laws that restrict or ban homosexuality.

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victor    jos, Nigeria    January 20, 2014
this step is great we need men for the right things not for they money. Nigeria has culture and Nice moral attitude.
gaga ekeh    buffalo, United States    January 14, 2014
Very good! Now if they could only sign into this same Law punishments for bribery taking in the National Assembly and punishment for corruption at Aso Rock, then Nigeria will finally be on the path to Vision 20-20!
(Yansh dey smell, im tell blokos say im fine... monkey no fine mama like am, naja!)
OMOTAYO, J. A.    Accra, GHANA    January 14, 2014
I do not know if Mr. Jonathan has sufficient duty to perform at Aso Rock that originating and signing the prohibition on same sex marriage comes as a priority. What would millions of Nigerians lose if 1,000 same sex marriages (i.e. a total of 2,000 Nigerians) exist in our midst? Nothing except to see them all as "sinner" who will never "go to heaven". However, if another 2,000 Nigerians loot N100 million each (I know that the present crop of politicians loot hundreds, not tens, of thousand Naira) a total of N200 billion is lost. That sum is enough to pay the N190 billion approx. over which the university lecturers went on strike for over five months. It is shameful that Mr. Jonathan has never gotten his priorities right since inception of office. This makes his desire for continuity beyond 2015 all the more distasteful and unconscionable. God save Nigeria.
Denis Chidi    Port harcourt, Nigeria    January 14, 2014
Its a right step in the right direction. they can go to hell with their aids. however, there's need to tackle possible occasions that lure our teenagers and youth into gay acts. for instance, schools for males or females alone should be sanitised.
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