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Same-sex marriages banned in Nigeria April 11, 2006

Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Media, Religion.
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The Muslim News reports that Nigeria is reacting to advances in "LGB rights" in the UK and elsewhere:

Nigeria has banned same-sex marriages after Justice Minister Bayo Ojo called them ‘unnatural and un-African’. […] 

Even though homosexuality is already illegal in Nigeria and in the north can be punishable by stoning the guilty party to death, a further bill was deemed necessary following developments abroad. Gay unions in Nigeria are now punishable by five years imprisonment without the option of a fine. Minister Ojo added that people who support or aid these gay unions could be liable for the same punishment. Furthermore, pro-gay protests and public displays of homosexuality have all been made punishable offences.

[…] When presenting the Bill, Minister Ojo said that the Bible and the Koran prohibit gay unions.

Note: I placed "LGB rights" in inverted commas not because I believe that people identifying as L, G or B shouldn't have any rights, but because I don't believe it's right to consider same-sex unions as equivalent to marriage, either morally or legally.

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1. Keseimu - July 7, 2006

WHat, you mean mean they weren’t already???


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