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Nigeria Senate passes law banning gay marriage, formation of gay rights groups

Friday, December 20, 2013

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria’s Senate on Thursday passed a harsh anti-gay bill banning same-sex marriage and outlawing anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, setting prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders.

The Senate in Abuja unanimously adopted a harmonized final version of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill of the House of Representatives and Senate.

NigeriaThe bill makes it illegal to register gay clubs or organizations, “promote gay marriage or behavior,” “witness or aid gay marriage” and criminalizes the “public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly.”

Those who violate those laws would face 10-year imprisonment as well.

“This bill will go through now and it will be signed as quickly as possible,“ stated David Mark, Nigeria’s Senate leader. “The earlier we sign it into law, the better.”

The bill, also known as “Jail All The Gays,” now requires only the signature of President Goodluck Jonathan in order to become law.

Homosexuality is already illegal in the federal system of Nigeria and is punished in different states in varying degrees of severity.

Southern states punish same-sex acts with up to 14 years imprisonment, while northern states punish same-sex acts with a minimum of 14 years imprisonment as well as a fine. In 12 of the northern states, punishments include flogging and death by stoning.

“This law is a complete abuse of human rights,” said Davis Mac-Iyalla, a Nigerian LGBT rights advocate, in a statement to LGBTQ Nation. “Nobody asked for same-sex marriage in Nigeria and it is already illegal, so why is this necessary?”

“It amazes me that Nigeria’s lawmakers prioritizes such a bill when children are dying of starvation, young girls forced into marriage, record level of corruption and rising crime,” he said.

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“This bill is creating an atmosphere of fear, persecution and discrimination totally opposed the heritage, vision and values of the late Nelson Mandela,” added Mac-Iyalla. “I am concerned that this will create a domino effect in Africa, witness how Uganda followed suit immediately and other countries are definitely watching these developments.”

Louis Michel Member of the European Union (EU) Parliment, Co-President EU Parliamentary Assembly told LGBTQ Nation: “I am appalled by the adoption of these bills which means a further deterioration of the human rights situation for LGBT people in the respective countries.”

“These laws are very dangerous and I call upon the EU Member States and our High Representative Catherine Ashton to urge both Presidents to veto them, he said.

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  1. sick

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:50am
  2. not sure why, i thought that said illinois, i almost died

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:50am
  3. If that’s how they want to be, then withhold all support from their government and set up an underground railroad system to get all the LGBT people safely out of the country.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:50am
  4. Civil War time.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:51am
  5. Dam right

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:51am
  6. Nigeria, you should be ashamed of yourself!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:52am
  7. Maybe all the gay haters here should move there.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:52am
  8. I am not saying we should bomb the place after they all move there... but accidents do happen...

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:25am
  9. Naw cuz all the gay haters hate blacks too.

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:39am
  10. i wish they would

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:05am
  11. Don't forget Russia

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:37pm
  12. this proves it, you live in a free country. look at the way you are talking! You spew hatred from your mouths too!!!

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:40pm
  13. Sucks

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:52am
  14. yay let’s go to NIGERIA!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:53am
  15. What do you expect from a developing country that it’s now barely receiving potable water …

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:53am
  16. What is happening to the world?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:53am
  17. Do they have Duck’s in Nigeria? Because I have a few hunters for them that’ll fit right in.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:55am
  18. These politicians are promoting far too many hateful social divisions that will make social cohesion practically impossible. Sad Africa.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:56am
  19. Now they’re all into ultra-conservatism and bigotry.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:57am
  20. Stu Vonekit haha.. I got that

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:57am
  21. Brought to you by colonialism.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:58am
  22. ¡Que espanto! Hay que hacer algo por los homosexuales de Africa.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:58am
  23. We must do something to help african homos.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:59am
  24. Well, in that case, I shall never ever again respond to any of the Nigerian bankers wanting to give me millions of dollars………lol

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:59am
  25. Breaks my heart.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:59am
  26. Um… Did not one see that one video floating around of two gay men being beaten to death in Nigeria? And the police just stood around and looked? I second Adam H Akour. Let’s move all the bad people there.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:01am
  27. Actually, it is /precisely/ when countries & states have real problems needing to be solved that minority populations are scapegoated and criminalized as a distraction for the masses.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:02am
  28. Sigh….Nigeria, I’m so disappointed with you. …

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:02am
  29. God !!! listen yours sons !!! they are sad !!! Help all !!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:06am
  30. Horrifying

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:06am
  31. Another hellhole I won’t be booking.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:08am
  32. With the huge issues that country has queers are an easy scapegoat and boogeyman. The continent of Africa is becoming a very dangerous place for non heterosexuals.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:09am
  33. sad

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:11am
  34. That is criminal

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:13am
  35. ugh India did the same -_-

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:13am
  36. Another country I won’t be visiting.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:14am
  37. Oh dear.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:17am
  38. Honestly they really must hate themselves

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:21am
  39. not going there

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:24am
  40. Nigeria..more so-called leaders of theyre country going backwards instead of forward…resistance is fruitile :* We Are Everywhere

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:25am
  41. That will solve ALL of your problems, right, Nigeria? Why don’t you try joining us in the 21st century. Oh wait, I forgot. You’re still struggling with the 20th. How’s that working out for you?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:28am
  42. Stage 2 LDC problems

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:11pm
  43. Anti gay terrorist state do not by gas or oil from companies that do business with repressive states ! Boycott!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:28am
  44. everybody is panicking and just trying to dig their claws in lol

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:29am
  45. the “” N”" WORD ?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:31am
  46. Again, it’s the rotting third world backward countries that are going back in time. Keep these bigots out of our country…

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:32am
  47. Vile people!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:34am
  48. you cannot ban a group to fight for their rights. Would you like it if I made a law that africans cannot run their own countries? Cannot run or be elected for office? Stop being FASCIST.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:39am
  49. Going Backward Sad!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:43am
  50. I’m not surprised the poorest countries are usually the most accepting probably one of the reasons they are so poor, fewer tourist.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:44am
  51. Hateful

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:45am
  52. Least accepting.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:46am
  53. That’s why they call it “deep, dark Africa!”

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:46am
  54. Pathetic shitty country

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:49am
  55. maybe that’s why nations like them are as poor and dysfunctional as they are. because they are still living in the complete idiocy era!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:51am
  56. Unlike!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:58am
  57. Being in Africa I am not surprised.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:00am
  58. How very ‘utah’ of them….

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:10am
  59. hate hate terrible 1906

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:17am
  60. shame uganda stop aid and i hope u starve all

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:17am
  61. Backwards Bigots!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:21am
  62. Gays get outta that shithole country,run for ur lives!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:24am
  63. Bah.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:49am
  64. Let’s be clear here. This was never a big deal in Africa until these American missionaries came with their evangelist bullshit.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:05am
  65. I also think straight people should move from this country, wait for the lack of breeding, then move back when you’re gone.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:23am
  66. Well, that country is going backwards.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:25am
  67. Meanwhile, pedophiles are encouraged!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:47am
  68. You do realize there has been a very concerted effort by many right wing Christians from this country to go en masse to these very undeveloped countries and establish beach heads there to fight the spread of the “gay agenda.” These are the results.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:05am
  69. Only international sanctions would help them think that They need to work for equal rights!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:16am
  70. We must stop ultra right christian movements(they give money to Ugandian’s government…and the worst are these movement are in USA and Canada…!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:18am
  71. maybe all the homos should go kill themselves

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:50am
  72. Not interested in visiting Nigeria, anymore!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:51am
  73. maybe all gay people should move to island or a country then make all rules up idk…..utah just law you can get married texas should be next cuz full metal jacket movie had a word about texas

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:58am
  74. Great. Way to confuse the racist homophobes..

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:19am
  75. tsk, tsk, tsk!!! For shame!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:30am
  76. Hasa Diga Eebowai!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:59am
  77. While in the USA we are moving forward with equality other FFFFF countries are doing totally the opposite. I am blessed to live in this great nation.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:50am
  78. We have so many modern day Hitlers and nobody will stand up to them.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:11am
  79. Those who don't know history are fucked because they will repeat it.

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:13pm
  80. It pains me to see such intolerance, China is gutting the continent, poverty abounds, starvation and war are as common as, bad drinking water and they are passing anti Gay laws! SMFH!!! By the way why should we provide food and other aid when you are so heartless?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:04am
  81. Africa is going backwards

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:15am
  82. Well, crossed off India on my list of future places to travel. Now Nigeria…. Next?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 9:49am
  83. Who the fuck wants to go to Nigeria?

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:14pm
  84. Nigeria smells like ass anyways.. who needs them? Just feeling bad for the LGBTQ people over there

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:26am
  85. Another nazi country in Africa. How quick they forget the years of segregation, slavery and injustice. It seems that Mandela’s fight and struggles were useless in certain parts of Africa. Sad and shameful!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:46am
  86. looking for lesbian na hindi halata, who’s hiding their homosexuality… im a discreet gay di rin halata… lets pretend to be a lover, easy way to hide more our homosexuality to friends, family… hahaha…

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:07am
  87. Last place on earth I would want to visit anyway.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:14am
  88. Cory Brown straight fucker u go n kill yourself

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:28am
  89. Damn i I hate fuckin straight people

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:37am
  90. Why would that Cory Brown even follow this page? He must he on the DL

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:19pm
  91. American missionaries at work again.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:44pm
  92. Niggeria I am ashamed, yes the extra g is implied. No racism but I have always called it that.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:10pm
  93. honte a ce pays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:47pm
  94. Phil should move there. Its backwards enough and he can feed the poor.
    Oh I forgot, they’re ‘happy’ with those kind of laws! Go figure!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:03pm
  95. muslims always the fucking muslims

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:10pm
  96. WELL YALL SUCK SOUR LEMONS ANY HOW I SAY LIVE AN LET LIVE

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:39pm
  97. A giant step backward for mankind….

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:02pm
  98. Nigeria Senate passes law banning common sense.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:03pm
  99. Santa definitely won’t be visiting Uganda and now Nigeria, top of the naughty list I bet!! :P

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:04pm
  100. This is BS who are they to tell anybody who they can & cannot Love & express what’s in their hearts?! This is horrible & I feel bad because if they feel that strongly against being Gay then I can only imagine what they put them through in prison. It’s not fair to live in fear & have to hide how you feel & who you are inside!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:10pm
  101. Yeah. I think they need to be more worried about their millions of con artists that steal people’s money everyday and every other terrible crime that goes on over there.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:51pm
  102. It’s time we started cutting foreign aid to these nations. It’s ridiculous that we continue to provide them with millions of dollars in aid, and they continue to do this to their own citizens. It’s time we as a species start moving forward and stop getting so fucking hung up about what two consenting adults do, and who can or cannot get married. It’s pathetic.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:53pm
  103. that is so wrong

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 1:55pm
  104. You have to be educated and civilized to support equal rights for the LGBT. What the hell would you expect from a backward, uncivilized nation on the dark continent?

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:04pm
  105. Ugh my mom’s from Nigeria, bet she’d love this

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:33pm
  106. Nuke the fuckers!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:38pm
  107. @robert cuthbertson-”Dark continent?” Seriously? Why insult an entire continent for the stupid actions of a couple if it’s countries? South Africa has marriage equality, something we in the “civilized” USA do not have.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:41pm
  108. This is a symptom of colonialism. You are seeing it in India as well. Most “third” world cultures embraced lgbt people within the community until missionaries and conquerors forced themselves via violence and genocide. So if your are questing the education and civilization of them, look to the hills from whence these ideas came. Btw, racist comments show a lack of intelligence.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3:06pm
  109. Gay Nigerians and Ugandans, time to come to America, where you can be open and be yourselves

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 3:19pm
  110. primitive assholes.just starve already!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4:33pm
  111. These primative starving asses are such bigots…….

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 5:44pm
  112. This is why we need a world body to enforce a standard set of human-rights laws across the globe. We will never have progress worldwide on many issues until this (and more) happens.

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 5:54pm
  113. so sad, as much of the rest of the world is progressing, russian, india, and nigeria seem intent on moving backwards in our global society…

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 6:19pm
  114. Ignorant people are very dangerous ….

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 6:25pm
  115. stop all aid STARVE SHIT UGANDA

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 6:39pm
  116. Cut off all economic aid to Nigeria …

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 7:53pm
  117. Nigeria ….home of the internet swindlers!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 8:13pm
  118. Damn & we were planning on vacationing there in the new year……

    Hang in there my brothers & sisters of Nigeria!

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 12:52am
  119. Nigeria, home of online scamming. Figures.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 1:29am
  120. Africa as a whole is very homophobic. It’s sad.

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 2:36am
  121. I think that everyone should equal rights and the right to get married no matter what part of the world they come from

    Posted on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 3:26am