Nigerian President Signs Bill Banning Gay Relationships

Offenders face up to 14 years in prison, if convicted

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President Jonathan Goodluck of Nigeria signed into law Monday a bill criminalizing relationships between gay and lesbian people, Reuters reports.

Sodomy has long been outlawed in Nigeria, but the new legislation bans gay marriage, same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership in gay rights groups. Offenders face penalties of up to 14 years in prison. 

A spokesperson for the president confirmed to Reuters that he had signed a bill passed by the country’s national assembly in May.

The bill reads:

“Persons who enter into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union commit an offence and are each liable on conviction to a term of 14 years in prison … Any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years in prison.”

[Reuters]

11 comments
MLK
MLK

Huge setback for Nigeria!! Instead of worrying about the poor people and those that have been dying due to hunger they just do this. I am straight but I believe on freedom of people to do whatever they love to do. 


I think for the President is better spend money and put gays in jail through the money of taxes payers, instead of pumping money to fight against poverty.


I am African and I do agree with some comments posted here, this is why we still being  in the 3rd world.

Around the world countries are fighting for equality and these guys are just doing the opposite. I just can´t believe.



zero
zero

third world doing everything it can to stay third world...

jasons0660
jasons0660

Nigeria has just been made a member of the UN Security Council.  Unbelievable.

straydog
straydog

That's too bad that he's decided to take a step back when everyone else is marching forward with progress.

davidflevin
davidflevin

The President of Nigeria is Goodluck Jonathan, not Jonathan Goodluck (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodluck_Jonathan).  Sloppy, sloppy reporting.  The Reuters article linked at the bottom of this article specified his name correctly, so I have no idea how the author of this article botched it.

eagle11772
eagle11772

DON'T vacation in Nigeria.  And boycott Nigerian automobiles and computers.  And Nigerian beer.

BolaBanky
BolaBanky

Unwise president

No adequate electricity, No good roads, Clean water, Good paying jobs, gas prices is beyond the reach of regular citizens, and his number one priority is to sign a bill banning his citizens for whatever reasons is sickening, Am not gay but it’s not Gov. job to lecture adults how to live their private life’s .

You cannot ban human nature, as long as they are not hurting anyone.

Mr. President, Corruption is the big elephant in the room that your administration ignores

Corruption Corruptions Corruptions

MLK
MLK

@davidflevin The main aspect is the content of the report and not whether his name was well written. I think his decision is worst than a little mistake on writing his name.