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Nigeria House approves bill criminalizing same-sex marriage

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Nigeria House approves bill criminalizing same-sex marriage

The Nigerian House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill making same-sex marriage a crime punishable by a maximum of 14 years in prison. Further, any person who witnesses, aids, or abets same-sex marriages; operates gay organizations; or engages in same-sex public displays of affection could be punished by up to 10 years in jail. The bill mirrors a bill approved by the Senate in November 2011. The bill was immediately sent to President Goodluck Jonathan and awaits his signature.

Homosexuality is illegal in 37 African nations, and South Africa is the only country on the continent where same-sex marriage is not prohibited. In November Malawi's government changed its position on a decision to suspend it laws barring same-sex marriage and homosexuality after being pressured by a number of churches. This follows Malawi President Joyce Banda's announcement in her first national address last May that she would decriminalize homosexual acts.

(Published by Jurist – May 31, 2013)

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