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posted Friday, December 2, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 48
Nigerian Senate passes draconian anti-Gay law
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Nigerian Senate passes draconian anti-Gay law

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Nigerian Senate voted on November 29 to criminalize same-sex marriages and civil unions, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail for participants and 10 years for anyone who helps or witnesses such a marriage or union.

In addition, the bill also criminalizes Gay organizations and advocacy groups, and public expressions of same-sex affection.

These newly added offenses carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

According to Reuters, the bill states:

'Persons who entered 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.'

The bill now goes to Nigeria's House of Representatives for approval. If it is passed there, it must be signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Same-sex marriages and civil unions were not previously legal in Nigeria, but the new law adds specific criminal penalties for participating in commitment ceremonies.

Same-sex sexual activity is already punishable by up to 14 years in prison in most of Nigeria's states, and by death by stoning in the northern states that have adopted Sharia law.

Davis Mac-Iyalla, out Gay campaign director of Nigerian LGBTIs in the Diaspora Against Anti-Same-Sex Laws, called for a global campaign against the measure.

'The Nigerian senators have today further demonstrated their discrimination and oppression of vulnerable LGBTI Nigerians. I urge human rights activists worldwide to join forces with us to fight the bill,' he said.

'This vote demonstrates how the senators are ignorant of human sexuality. They are enforcing their religious beliefs in a secular country. Equality and human rights are for all, including Nigerian LGBTIs.'

Yemisi Ilesanmi, Bisexual coordinator of Nigerian LGBTIs in the Diaspora Against Anti-Same-Sex Laws, said the law's aim was much broader than just criminalizing same-sex marriage.

'This legislation is a clear attempt to crush the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Inter-sex (LGBTI) community in Nigeria. The further criminalization of same-sex relations is hateful and a violation of human rights,' she said.

'The bill will jail Nigerians who participate in LGBTI organizations and will make human rights advocacy by LGBTI groups impossible.

'The new penalties for same-sex marriage are more than double what the bill originally demanded. The previous penalty of three years jail for same-sex couples who get married has been raised to 14 years. For witnesses and facilitators of such marriages the maximum jail term has been increased from five to 10 years. The decision to so substantially increase the punishments is particularly abhorrent.'

'It is shameful that many Nigerian senators are so myopic that they compared homosexuality to pedophilia during the voting on the bill.'

'The action of further criminalizing an oppressed minority because of their sexual orientation is indeed an outrage, a gross violation of human rights. Nigeria is sliding fast into a despotic state.'

British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said the new law violates Nigeria's own constitution, and suggested LGBT Nigerians file suit to have it overturned.

'This bill violates the equality and non-discrimination guarantees of Article 42 of the Nigerian Constitution and Articles 2 and 3 of the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, which Nigeria has signed and pledged to uphold.

'There is a good chance that this bill, and Nigeria's long-standing criminalization of same-sex relations, can be challenged in the courts. This could be a future option for LGBTI campaigners and human rights defenders,' Tatchell said.

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