This week, Nigeria became the latest country to toughen its anti-gay laws by prescribing prison terms of up to 14 years for anyone convicted of breaking their new draconian anti-gay laws. Several media sources have reported that at least 38 people have been arrested under the new law.
According to CBS news, “the law prohibits same-sex marriage and vastly restricts the rights of gay and lesbian citizens to even gather together.” Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement yesterday which expressed “deep concern over the issue:
Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.
Moreover, it is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution.
People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality. No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love.
We join with those in Nigeria who appeal for the protection of their fellow citizens’ fundamental freedoms and universal human rights.
The law bans same-sex marriage in its entirety and criminalizes such marriages to the extent that a conviction could lead to a prison term of up to 14 years for each person. It also turns friends or LGBT supports into criminals and makes it completely illegal to even operate a gay bar. Even pro-gay activists groups are now illegal in Nigeria, with the threat of a 10 year prison term.
Anyone want to place bets on how long it’ll be before Bryan Fischer and Peter LaBarbera cheer this new law and insist we can pass a similar law in the US?
UPDATE: Looks like Right Wing Watch is keeping their ear on the rails too.