Nigeria considers bill to criminalize homosexuality Joshua Pantesco at 9:31 AM ET
[JURIST] The Nigerian House of Representatives [official website] held public hearings Wednesday on a proposed bill to criminalize homosexuality [JURIST news archive]. The bill would authorize a maximum five-year sentence for any person found to be openly gay or practicing homosexual acts. Religious groups say the bill is necessary to protect public morality, but gay activists said it will violate human rights. According to a BBC correspondent, political insiders in Nigeria predict the bill could pass both the House and Senate by the end of March. BBC News has more.
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