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Nigerian Senate passes same-sex marriage prohibition bill

11-30-2011 13:11 BJT

ABUJA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday approved a penalty of 14 years of imprisonment for any person who enters into same sex marriage contract or civil union in Nigeria.

This followed the third reading of the bill for an Act to prohibit solemnization of marriage between members of the same sex sponsored by Sen. Domingo Obende and 24 other Senators.

The bill was passed after the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters at the floor of the Senate.

The Senate also approved that any person who witnesses, abets or aids the solemnization of same sex-marriage was liable to a jail term of 10 years.

The bill further specified that any person or group that registers or operates a gay club was liable to 10 years of imprisonment.

The bill was read for the first time at the floor of the Senate on July 13.

In his ruling, Senate President David Mark warned the developed nations to stop any attempt to violate Nigeria's value system.

Mark said passing the bill was a declaration that Nigeria would not trade its long held values for economic aid.

Earlier, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters Dahiru Umaru while presenting the report said a public hearing was held to get the views of the general public.

He said the submissions during the public hearing showed that that Nigerians condemned the obnoxious act in its entirety.

"Nigerians are unanimous in condemning the obnoxious practice of lesbianism, gay, transsexual, bisexual, and intersex as being against the order of nature," he added.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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