Nigeria: Anti-LGBTI Bill Passed; Will President Jonathan Veto?

Nigeria's president Goodluck Jonathan will have to decide whether to sign into law a bill banning and criminalizing same-sex marriage. The bill has already passed Nigeria's House of Representatives. (Google Images)

Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan will have to decide whether to sign into law a bill banning and criminalizing same-sex marriage. The bill has already passed Nigeria’s House of Representatives. (Google Images)

Writing for AllAfrica.com, Amnesty International has called on Nigeria’s president Goodluck Jonathan to veto a Same Sex Marriage prohibition bill that was passed on May 30 by Nigeria’s House of Representatives. The author writes:

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria should not sign into law a draconian new bill that would formalize discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and have wide-ranging effects on civil liberties in the country, 10 Nigerian and international human rights groups said today.

On May 30, 2013, Nigeria’s House of Representatives passed the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, which would impose a prison sentence of up to 14 years for anyone found guilty of engaging in same-sex relationships. The Senate had already passed a similar bill.

If signed into law, the bill would also criminalize freedom of speech, association, and assembly.

“The bill is a throwback to past decades under military rule when these civil rights were treated with contempt,” said Lucy Freeman, deputy director of the Africa Programme at Amnesty International.

Those found to be in violation of the bill if it becomes a law face prison sentences, including those who speak out in support of gay marriage. Nigeria currently has a 14-year sentence for those involved in or knowledgeable of anyone who has “carnal knowledge” or “carnal intercourse” with another person “against the order of nature.” These laws are holdovers from Victorian-era British rule.

Read more at AllAfrica.com.

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  1. Hrh Elizabeth F Obisanya

    Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill in Nigeria – A crisis of Faith.
    Nigerian law makers recently agreed to prohibit same sex marriages and even to prohibit any outward manifestations of same sex Love in public maintaining the ban on homosexuality –whilst the whole world awaits President Goodluck Jonathan(a Catholic Christian) to sign the bill into law many are moved to prayer & fastings at this great disastrous point in Nigeria’s Timeline. The prohibition has placed the Nation between the devil(who stands against Faith) & the deep blue sea (consequence of not following democratic processes). Whilst many feel that the stance for defeating the same sex marriage prohibition is a Human Rights one , I like many others believe that it is only through Religious arguments & discourse that we would successfully avoid this disastrous path for it is a Faith issue even a faith crisis, If GEJ signs it –it is a personal faith one & by not signing it is a democratic crisis one.
    Muslims & Legalistic Christians (Christians that live under the Law of Moses as opposed to under Grace – the Law of Christ )hold the view that homosexuality (gays & lesbians) and cross dressers & Transgendered ( yan daudu etc) are abominable in the sight of God & are” a sin”. Christian LGBTs ( Lesbians Gays, Bi-Sexuals and Trans people including Cross dressers) yes there are “such people “and straight Christians under Grace agree that whilst it is true that God did ban it and stipulated under the Law of Moses that it must not be done see Leviticus 18:22, any Christian that is worthy of their salt and are truly under Grace will know that we are not to live under the Law . Hebrews 10 v 9 tells us Jesus’s mission statement , He came to abolish the first and establish the second. Hebrews states that because there was a change in Priesthood there was also a necessity of a change in the Law, Jesus changed the Law He said it in Mathew 22v37-40 where there are ONLY 2 Commandments to replace the 630 odd Laws given under the Law of Moses – 2 Corinthians 3:6 states that we are only to preach the new testament .
    Christian LGBTs believe that Jesus died for them to be who they are , Galatians 3 ;13 states He became a curse for us and paid the penalty for our sins, not only did He do that but He took the law all the way out of the Way in the Change of Priesthood now where there is no law there cannot be any transgression! . Jesus is the only One that offers penalty free religion (He Redeeming us from the Curse of the Law became a Curse for us)He is the only Way.
    For these reasons Nigerians should not advocate a ban and penalty on same sex marriages or homosexuality as Jesus paid the penalty and to do so would be a violation of Jesus ‘s Law and a fall from Grace – a Faith Crisis.
    Whilst it is true many are not comfortable with same sex relationships , many people do want a policy of live and let live which is what Jesus basically also said.
    As Christians we KNOW that EVEN if we felt that someone was sinning they are entitled to their sinning ways our job is ONLY to go and preach the Truth to them , if they say we should leave they don’t want to hear we are to obey that is the directive God gave us. We are not to use force “in convincing” as that is not faith in Him.
    As Christians Same Sex relationships questions Christians faith in all denominations worldwide , what do you really believe? Do you believe that Christ abolished the law and established Grace ? that is the issue here – if you don’t believe that He did it would mean that one would still be in ones sin – If one does not accept that the Law of Moses is no more, the SACRIFICE that He is would not benefit one and that would be a great Crisis of Faith in Him and in what God has done.

    Elizabeth F Obisanya is a Born Again Christian film maker & lobbyist currently attached to the Human Rights and same sex marriage activist Peter Tatchell Foundation in London. She is a Masters Graduate of Goldsmiths College London, her film works include –Cashback paper or plastic©, DBW© The Trouble with Paul©, and more recently the Christian lesbian short film – Magda’s Lesbian Lover© She is a partner member of Creflo Dollar ministries ( US) and a member of the Inclusive Church in London. She lives in Royal Greenwich London.

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