Global gay community has been outraged by Nigeria's bringing into force the same-sex marriage prohobition law. Homosexuals from all over the world are allegedly mobilising to protest the develpoment.
A United States-based blogger, Melanie Nathan has recommened the 10 steps for the gay community to undertake against Nigeria in the nearest future. She called them "10 imperative actions we must undertake as a world community":
Dear Consul / Ambassador/ President
The World is shocked at the passage of Nigeria's inhumane and horrific "Jail The Gays" law that your President just signed into law.
It is important to note that the laws you have passed against LGBT Nigerians and visitors are based on lies and myths about homosexuality, are unconstitutional and contrary to the International Declaration of Human Rights.
You cannot criminalize a human being's sexuality.
We will be protesting your embassies and calling for widespread boycotts against Nigerian tourism, exports, imports and all business.
If Nigeria justifies this bad law proclaiming its sovereignty, then it will choose isolation. However Nigeria cannot participate in a global context if it cannot respect one of the most basic fundamental human rights and that is the right to love any person of one’s choice, whether that person is of the same or a different gender.
Anti-Homosexuality laws condemn love that is naturally felt to the people you seek to criminalize. The issues you purport to base your law upon are separate issues and ought to fall under the laws already in place which protect all people from sex without consent.
LGBT Protection Coalitions, Worldwide.
Note: Nigeria maintains an embassy in the United States at 3519 International Place, NW, Washington, DC 20008, (tel: 202-986-8400).
4. Start to Boycott all things Nigerian – to include travel, tourism, industry, exports and imports. Call companies that conduct safaris in Nigeria expressing the danger and your anger (politely) at the support of Nigeria.
5. Call upon your employer to speak out against the Jail the Gays Bill, especially if you work for a large Hotel, Airline, Bank etc. Chain that operates in or does business with Nigeria.
6. Write a letter to President Obama, or copy him on the Letter you sent in Number 1, above. Also Copy and call your member of Congress/ Senators or your political representatives and ask if they are aware of this and what they plan to do about it? Suggest that they take note of the Asylum laws for LGBT people and that they participate in reform that will be advocated for by PCI Justice
7. Call your local or national LGBT organizations (the ones that send you requests for donations) and ask them what they are doing to help protest this Bill? Ask if they would be willing to join a coalition of International LGBT groups to ensure a massive outcry and if so to write to email@example.com
STATE DEPARTMENT: Call the U.S. State Department and ask them if they are willing to make special humanitarian considerations for Nigeria's LGBT community. Ask them what Secretary Kerry is planning to do beyond mere words. Contact the U.S. Ambassador in Nigeria, James F. Entwistle, and ask what his Embassy is doing to help Nigerian gays get out of Nigeria. Tell the State Department and your member of Congress that we want Nigerian lawmakers banned from entering the U.S.A. Also I am sure that the State department will soon update their Travel Advisory to a severe WARNING for LGBT people traveling to Nigeria.
8. Also note: Assistant Secretary Linda Thomas-Greenfield leads the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs, the division in the Department focused on the development and management of U.S. policy concerning the continent.
FYI – Ambassador Samantha Power Urges Nigeria Civil Society to Remain Steadfast for Democracy The United States’ Permanent Representative to the United Nations and member of President Obama’s cabinet, Ambassador Samantha Power, visited Nigeria on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. She met with President Goodluck Jonathan and other government officials, as well as civil society leaders.
9. Call your Mayors office/ City Councils / Human Rights Commissions and ask for a Proclamation to Condemn the Nigerian law and request that all City dealings exclude business with Nigeria.
10. Join LGBT Protection Coalition, Worldwide, by sending your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org – you will be given updates about protests and actions.