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The Nigerian Anti-Gay Bill Rears Its Ugly Head..Again

16 Nov

A year ago, news came from Nigeria that the Senate was attempting to pass an anti-gay marriage bill that would lead to gay men and women being sent to jail for up to 14 years. In addition, anyone who failed to inform the police about any LGBT could face jail time – up to 10 years. As a result of this, men/women who may not be gay but are sharing an apartment could be accused of being gay and brought up on charges. It would also create a rift in families who know their son/daughter is gay but have chosen to remain quiet –  their silence could mean their freedom. This created an intense international backlash and it seemed that the bill had died. This bill has surreptitiously passed a second reading in the lower house without any dissent. Naturally the usual words and phrases are thrown about: “un-African”, “against out culture”. I fail to see any reason why a government should be pushing for an anti-gay marriage bill in a country where being gay is already illegal. I guess the only reason is to garner more popularity from the masses. At this point, looking at all the problems that Ghana, Nigeria, all of all Africa are facing, if by criminalising homosexuality all these problems would go away, I may even support it. However it won’t take away the politicians who consider public funds their personal property, ministers who buy up chateaux in Europe, sitting members of Parliament and Presidents who are obsessed with making sure their ‘ex-gratias’ are sorted out before they look into items lower down on the priority list such as providing water and electricity to the citizens living in the capital city – as for those elsewhere in the country their time will come, maybe when the next government takes over. It won’t take away the stinking corruption that is so palpable within the society. It won’t bring back the hundreds that have died during the many bomb blasts that have rocked Nigeria in recent times or even prevent the next one from occurring.

In the end, it’s not a question of whether or not supporting such legislature will bring about any changes for the average individual, it’s about protecting other members of society who may face peculiar conditions arising from trying to live life true to themselves in a way that does not affect anyone else. It’s about making sure that everyone is protected under the law. It’s interesting that none of these so-called “leaders” who release all these hateful words from their clearly ignorant maws and back themselves up with religious verses never talk about treating others as we would wish to be treated, a basic tenet of virtually all religions. These days, religion is once again being used as an instrument for justifying hate – unless it never stopped being such a tool in the first place.

There is an AllOut petition aimed at trying to put an end to this bill. Please add your voice also and sign the petition here. I have already done so.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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9 responses to “The Nigerian Anti-Gay Bill Rears Its Ugly Head..Again

  1. veryproundtobe

    November 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    fuck who ever that makes the laws in Nigeria!!!!! why should the governments get in bed with people and let alone care who fucks who at night in the privacy of their own houses ?

    who ever passes this laws, what makes them think that they way they fuck their spouses is the righteous way?

    most of all, everyone that questions what makes another being heart happy and life complete is pure evil…….

    what gives a man born in sin a right to judge and play god? people get arrested for not reporting gay people? really!!!!

    i bet who ever passes this laws has a very small dick

     
    • D.C.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:51 am

      These politicians really are playing god with the lives of the country’s citizens..and for no good reason.

       
  2. jukk888

    November 18, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Thanks for posting this. I signed, tweeted and posted on facebook. I joined the campaign against the Ugandan government today. Here’s the link: http://justuskissing.me/2012/11/17/lets-show-support-for-gay-people-in-uganda/

     
    • D.C.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:26 am

      Thanks for signing and spreading the word

       
  3. Trans*forming Mom

    November 18, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Signed, while also baffled once again that some people care so much and in such hateful ways about the intimate lives of others.

     
    • D.C.

      November 18, 2012 at 8:30 am

      It is baffling and very sad what the amount of hate that is being poured out on the basis of sexual orientation. Thanks for signing.

       

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