Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan arrives for the service for former South African President Nelson Mandela
It’s a bill that has been shrouded in secrecy, but on Monday, Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed a law that bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

The new bill states:

“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,” the bill says.

“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.”

Where as most countries have, like France, have loosened their laws and now make it legal for same-sex couples to marry, many African countries have tightened their laws.  Although Britain and some other Western countries have threatened to cut aid to those governments who pass laws persecuting homosexuality, threats to Nigeria, whose budget is funded by its 2-million-barrel-per-day oil output, more than likely would fall of deaf ears. 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States was deeply concerned by the new measures. “Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly … and expression for all Nigerians,” he said in a statement.

“It is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines … democratic reforms and human rights protections.”

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  • GeekMommaRants

    The only concern I have is equality and human rights. I can’t say I would not share my opinion on this new law in Nigeria, as I did not stay silent on apartheid in South Africa. This IMO is a human rights issue. Nigerians, all should be free to be who they are. Christan, Muslim or Free Thinker. I really just believe if someone in not free to be who they are, then no one is.

  • Buttons

    I respect Nigeria’s President’s position. Gay supporters need to stop oversimplifying and undermining the negative social impact homosexuality will have on the larger society. It is not just merely about a group of individuals expressing their gender identity and establishing “gender equality”. It is a global, political and social agenda being promoted for many reasons–primarily population control–and it will have a devastating affect on the black community in particular down the line.

    The black family is already fractured and barely hanging on by a thread. Black women are the largest group of women that are single and unmarried, and to think that more of our black brothers will be scarce because of cohabitation with other men is heart wrenching and unspeakable. People in our community are co-signing to their own–and future generation’s- suicide and self destruction and they don’t seem to have damn clue.

    • Hookemhorns

      This is absolutely ridiculous.

    • eve-audrey

      “black women are the largest group of women that are single and unmarried” you want to be careful with generalizations or you need to come up with facts. there is not one single group of black women there’s a diaspora and while we do share similarities we do live under different circumstances and come from different backgrounds. or do you want to provide me with numbers by country in africa Europe the carribeans and the americas? secondly this kind of flawed logic is what irks me with anti-gay people. do you not think it’s dangerous to force a gay man (or woman) to marry someone from the opposite sex? you can vote all the laws you want but but can’t police people sexuality. don’t you think african countries have an already huge problem with HIV and stds? NEWS FLASH banning homesexuality doesn’t ban gay people from having sex with each other secretly nor will repair the black family. only collective responsibility will

    • Interesting. I read somewhere that 90 percent of Nigerians were in support of this law. Some people wanted the death penalty.

  • Mikela123

    Same-sex marriage is a wedge issue used by politicians in many countries to avoid dealing with more salient issues that have a direct impact on their citizens.

    In African countries, politicians push these same-sex marriage bans and other anti-gay laws to avoid dealing with poverty, crime, corruption. In the United States, Democrats push same-sex marriage to give them the image of “progressive values” even though they are unable and/or unwilling to deal directly with our shrinking middle-class and move towards oligarchy due to corporations’ control over our government.

    It’s not about gay rights (gay persecution). It’s a distraction from the real issues at hand.

  • There are rapists and child molesters roaming the streets, and they are worried about what gays do?

    • Nadine

      Not a valid argument. They can probably handle both.