Friday, 31 May 2013
Same Sex Marriage: Nigeria's Parliament Approves 14 year jail Term
The House of Representatives, yesterday, endorsed a 14 years jail sentence with no option of fine for same sex couples. The House also outlawed gay clubs and societies in the country.
The lawmakers took these decisions while considering the report on a “Bill for an Act to prohibit marriage or civil union entered between persons of same sex, solemnization of same and other matters related”.
The House also placed a 10 years jail term for members of gay associations or those engaged in gay processions. The lawmakers resolved that any marriage or civil union entered into by persons of same gender is prohibited.
The bill on same sex was introduced on the floor of the House last year. A public hearing on the matter was held in October, 2012.
The senate had also passed a bill prohibiting same sex union with similar jail terms for offenders.