The new bill signed by the President outlaws same sex marriage in Nigeria.

The new bill signed by the President outlaws same sex marriage in Nigeria.

In spite of protests from some countries, groups and activists, President Goodluck Jonathan has signed into law the Bill which outlaws same sex marriage.

The assent to the bill was devoid of fanfare to reduce diplomatic tension, which it may likely attract.

Some foreign embassies were shocked by the development leading to ‘curious’ inquiries from the Federal Government. Despite the inquiries, the Federal Government said there was no going back.

The signed bill says the gays, lesbians in Nigeria will risk a 14-year jail term if they do not retrace their steps and renounce such marriage.

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Also, any person who operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations directly or indirectly will earn 10-year imprisonment. Those who administer witness, abet or aid the solemnisation of a same sex marriage are going to bag 10-year jail term.

The Senate previously passed the bill in November 2011. Lawmakers in Nigeria's house of representatives affirmed the decision by the Senate on May 29, 2013.

The President assented to the Act last week, on January 7, 2014, but the details on this action have just leaked the web.

According to some abstracts, obtained by The Nation, the Act reads:

The Act also stipulates the volume of the sanctions awaiting the violators of the new law.


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