The law has become a tool being used by some police officers and members of the public to legitimize multiple human rights violations perpetrated against LGBT people. Because the people won't understand it. In Februaryin Gishiri village, Abuja, a group of about 50 people stormed the homes of individuals and severely beat at least 14 men who they suspected of being gay.
However, since many of their members looked visibly gay, they decided to move the training session to a different location in the neighborhood. Nigeria passes law against gay relationships Bill introduces long jail terms for gay marriage, public displays of same-sex relationships and belonging to gay groups.
In the states of Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Sokoto, and Zamfara, "sodomy" is committed by "[w]hoever has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man or woman". Death penalty. No more gays!
Makanjuola said those who will suffer most under the new law are poor gay Nigerians. Attorneys for those arrested repudiated the accusation, countering that the men had been attending a birthday party. Christianity and Islam, which are the major religions in Nigeria, also recognize marriage as relationship between a man and woman.
In the state of Gombe, a person commits an act of gross indecency by committing "any sexual offence against the normal or usual standards of behaviour". Any person who attempts to commit any of the offences defined in the last preceding section is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years.
Civil unions and registered partnerships. Views Read Edit View history. Some have suggested the new law in Nigeria and the proposed one in Uganda are a backlash to Western pressure to decriminalize homosexuality.
Marriage recognized in Tel Aviv. Some critics have suggested the anti-gay law was designed to distract attention from Nigeria's many troubles, and to win Jonathan favor with powerful churches that influence voters.
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