Saturday 20 December 2014

Nigeria adopts new anti-gay laws

Published 13/01/2014 | 18:57

Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan has signed new anti-gay statutes into law (AP)
Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan

Nigeria's president has signed a law banning same-sex marriage as well as homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

The Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act signed by Goodluck Jonathan makes a ny public show of love by people of the same sex a new crime punishable by up to 10 years in jail. It is already a crime to have homosexual sex in the West African nation.

Operating or even going to a gay club, society or organisation also becomes a crime.

US Secretary of State John Kerry he was "deeply concerned" by a law that "dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians."

Press Association

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