Nigeria's new anti-gay laws condemned by U.S. - National Community Issues |

The BBC reported on Tuesday that Nigeria's president signed into law legislation that might ban same-sex marriages, gay groups and shows of same-sex public affection.

nigeriaThe law was signed without public notification.
It has already been illegal to possess gay sex in Nigeria, and underneath the new law, couple in a same-sex marriage could address 14 years in prison. The law also includes the individuals and organizations that help gay people.
Nigerian activist Bisi Alimi, head in the U.K.-based gay-rights group, Kaleidoscope International Diversity Trust, told a reporter, «You're not allowed to supply services to anyone who is perceived as being homosexual.»
The new law also recommends a 10-year prison sentence for everyone going to gay clubs or organizations along with gay couples showing any affection in public. The law, called «The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act,» further says,
The act was implemented through the Senate this year and was not passed by the lower house of parliament until May, 2013. The legislation was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan earlier this year.

Reuben Abati, a presidential spokesman told the press, «This can be a law that's good people's cultural and religious inclination. So it can be a law that can be a reflection in the beliefs and orientation of Nigerian people.»
Secretary of State, John Kerry condemned the sweeping legislation, saying in a statement that 'beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.'
Kerry continued to state the legislation was «inconsistent with Nigeria's international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in their 1999 Constitution.'
Nigeria has already established anti-sodomy laws on the books for several years, inheriting its anti-homosexual laws from when it absolutely was a British colony. In some parts in the country's Muslim-majority northern areas, strict Sharia laws are enforced, and homosexuals are still stoned to death.
The homosexual community has already been forced underground, and there is fear by many gay-rights activists that this new law could usher inside a violent crackdown. Some political analysts say the signing in the law by President Jonathan is nothing higher than a buy his part to obtain back into the good graces of the highly religious public after a run of political setbacks since his 2011.

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