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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  • Michael Heath

    All American Christian denominations who deny gays and their family members equal rights have blood on their hands. The reasons these denominations use to discriminate against gays, and females as well, provides moral justification for Christians in more primitive nations to cause human suffering against gays and their families, friends, and allies.

    If you’re a reasonably sane adult member or a congregant of such an American church and not actively fighting for reform to treat gays and females equally, than you’re evil. Ignorance is no longer a valid excuse; especially given the fact these denominations also promote falsehoods and ignorance.

  • bmiller

    This is one of those countries that tortures “inconvenient” children for being witches, too. Sad. Just sad.

  • Look, for every country that brings in so-called “gay” so-called “marriage” another country has to go the other way, because so-called “Civil” so-called “Rights” are a zero sum game. So, as happened recently, when you ban heterosexual marriage in France, some gay homos in Africa go to jail. That’s just common sense.

  • cptdoom

    So, if we have mass same-sex marriages outside the Nigerian embassy in DC, we’d be making staff members inside “witnesses” and therefore subject to criminal penalties? Even if the chance is remote, I say we should do it just to point out the idiocy of this law.

  • matty1

    Not in any way defending the law but surely they mean witnesses in the sense of legal witnesses who countersign the paperwork not anyone who might see what happened.

  • Doug Little

    Michael @1

    Couldn’t agree with more on that point. I wonder if Scott Lively had any influence on this one as well. I know it’s terrible to say but these countries that continue to deny basic human rights to their populace need to have sanctions levied against them, or their governments need to be removed, I know, I know both of those solutions don’t hold water but what the fuck do you do?