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“Deep concern” with Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act

“Deep concern” with Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act

The StarTibune carries the AP’s Michelle Faul’s story that gay men are being rounded up and tortured in Nigeria:

LAGOS, Nigeria — First the police targeted the gay men, then tortured them into naming dozens of others who now are being hunted down, human rights activists said Tuesday, warning that such persecution will rise under a new Nigerian law.

The men’s alleged crime? Belonging to a gay organization. The punishment? Up to 10 years in jail under the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which has elicited international condemnation for criminalizing gay marriage, gay organizations and anyone working with or promoting them.

There were varying accounts of how many arrests were made in Nigeria’s Bauchi state, and a local law enforcement official denied that anyone was tortured. Nevertheless, the aggressive police action shows that Africa’s most populous country is attempting to enforce anti-gay measures that are becoming increasingly common throughout the continent….

On the US State Department of State website:

Press Statement: John Kerry, Secretary of State, Washington, DC January 13, 2014

The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.

Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.

Moreover, it is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution.

People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality. No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love.

We join with those in Nigeria who appeal for the protection of their fellow citizens’ fundamental freedoms and universal human rights.

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Dylan

My heart is breaking.

People being hauled off for imprisonment and torture. And a great many more now live in utter terror of joining them. Living in that kind of fear is itself enough to induce severe PTSD -- even more because it is constant and unrelenting over weeks and months -- or years, if this law is not repealed.

For those undergoing such terror, survival itself, and certainly the likelihood and extent of severe PTSD, often depend on a sense of connection to and caring from other people.

It is incumbent upon us to pray for those in fear, in prison, and in unimaginable pain -- and to do our best to let them know that we stand in solidarity with them.

Blessings,

Sarah Dylan Breuer

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Leonardo Ricardo

(sorry the messy comment above, really, truly, honest to Pete, I just had an eye operation and I still am healing). Thanks

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Leonardo Ricardo

Bandluck Nonathan let loose the dogs...many innocents will be killed or tormented, families destroyed, reputations ruined, goods/money grabbed...all for the sake of pleasing bloodthirty Nigerians who have never been able to face their REAL National charactor...meanwhile the names will keep coming forward, arrests made, charges given, sentences made (convenient way to get rid of someone you don't like or a competor or simply make a fat commission for the bounty paid on someone elses life). Makes me ill, the depth of deceit passionate religious zealots are prepared to cover their own vile ¨believing.¨

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Gregory Orloff

Moreover, it is inconsistent with Christ Jesus' prime directives in his gospel:

Love neighbor.

Love enemy.

Treat others the same way you want to be treated.

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