Nigeria lawmakers approve bill criminalizing same-sex marriage Jerry Votava at 2:41 PM ET
[JURIST] The Nigerian House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday passed the second reading of a bill [SB 05] that makes same-sex marriage [JURIST feature] illegal and also places sanctions on individuals who aid in the marriage of same-sex couples. The measure was approved [JURIST report] by the Nigerian Senate [official website] last year, and will undergo a clause-by-clause review [AFP report] before it becomes finalized. The bill explicitly states that marriages entered into by persons of the same gender are prohibited and will not be recognized as valid, even if the marriage certificate is obtained in a foreign country. Individuals who enter into a same-sex marriage are liable for three years imprisonment each, and any person or group who aids a same-sex marriage contract is liable for a term of imprisonment of five years, a fine or both. Commentators have noted that the Nigerian criminalization of same-sex marriage would have ominous implications for individual rights [JURIST op-ed].
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