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European Parliament Issues Condemnation of Nigeria's Anti Gay Marriage Bill
The European Parliament this week adopted a resolution calling on Nigerian lawmakers to withdraw a bill that would punish those in a same-sex unions with 14 years in prison.

Says the Resolution:

[Parliament] Calls for the abolition of current legislation criminalising homosexuality, in some cases making it punishable by stoning; calls on the Nigerian Parliament to reject the 'Same Gender Marriage Prohibition Bill' which, if passed, would put LGBT people - both Nigerian nationals and foreigners - at serious risk of violence and arrest;

The bill, known as the Same Gender Marriage Prohibition Bill, would also criminalize 'aiding or abetting' such unions with 10 years in prison. It would also leave open to prosecution tourists or humanitarian aid workers who are in a same-sex marriages or civil partnerships.The legislation also appears to make people who work in embassies but do so without diplomatic protections -- such as technical staff -vulnerable.

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Published on:  March 17, 2012

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