New bill proposed to further oppress Nigerian gays

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BBC:

Nigerian gay rights activists have told the country’s lawmakers that a new bill to outlaw same sex marriage would lead to widespread human rights abuses. The new law would mean prison sentences for gay people who live together, and anyone who “aids and abets” them.


The plea by activists was made to a public committee of the National Assembly which is discussing the bill.

Rev Patrick Alumake told the National Assembly the top leadership of the Catholic church in Nigeria supported the bill wholeheartedly.

Children wearing T-shirts that said “Same sex marriage is un-natural and un-African”, and “same sex marriage is an abomination” stood in the aisles of the committee room. Ekaette Ettang, of the Daughters of Sarah church who provided the T-shirts, denied they were inciting hatred against homosexuals.

Addendum: This Day in Nigeria reports that in a presentation for lawmakers by the Church of Nigeria (Anglican) said,

According to the clerics, same sex marriage ”apart from being ungodly, was unscriptural, unnatural, unprofitable, unhealthy, un-cultural, un-African and un-Nigerian. It is a perversion, a deviation and an aberration that is capable of engendering moral and social holocaust in this country. Outlawing it is to ensure the continued existence of this nation.”

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Peter Pearson
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Peter Pearson

And some people want folks like this to run the Anglican Communion or at least to allow them to hold everyone else hostage to their views. Why do we even bother to entertain the possibility that such means spirited views are valid?

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tgflux
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tgflux

Lord, have mercy!

JC Fisher

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John B. Chilton
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John B. Chilton

Thanks, Simon. That report from today is relevant -- I'd missed it.

Though not so recent, also relevant is the Church of Nigeria's report on "listening":

http://www.anglicancommunion.org/listening/reports/nigeria.cfm

"In Nigeria the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2006 is passing through the legislature. The House of Bishops has supported it because we understand that it is designed to strengthen traditional marriage and family life and to prevent wholesale importation of currently damaging Western values. It bans same sex unions, all homosexual acts and the formation of any gay groups. The Standing Committee of the Church of Nigeria has twice commended the act in their Message to the Nation."

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Simon Sarmiento
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This report from Changing Attitude is relevant

http://changingattitude.org.uk/news/newsitem.asp?id=412

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