Nigeria Really, Really Opposes Marriage Equality

If you thought Texas and Alabama were opposed to letting gay people get married, wait till you see Nigeria. The legislature there just passed a bill not only forbidding gays from getting married, but putting them in prison for even trying — or for witnessing such a marriage. And practically everything else too:

Nigeria’s Senate previously passed the bill in November 2011 and the measure quietly disappeared for some time before coming up in Thursday’s session of the House. Under previous versions of the proposed law, couples who marry could face up to 14 years each in prison. Witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars.

Other additions to the bill include making it illegal to register gay clubs or organizations, as well as criminalizing the “public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly.” Those who violate those laws would face 10-year imprisonment as well.

Support for this barbaric policy is about evenly split in Nigeria between Christian bigots and Muslim bigots, depending on which part of the country you’re in. Hey look, interfaith cooperation!

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