A new anti-homosexuality law in Nigeria

Published: December 5, 2013

The legislature of Katsina State in northern Nigeria added to that country’s patchwork quilt of anti-gay laws on Dec. 3, passing a law providing for 14 years in prison for same-sex relations between either men or women.

 
The same state law also applies to anyone convicted of same-sex sexual harassment of students, job-seekers, employees and others, the Nigerian Daily Post reported, citing the News Agency of Nigeria.
 
Federal law in Nigeria already provides for 14 years imprisonment for such “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature.”
 
Osun State also has its own anti-homosexuality law under which two men were charged in October.
 
In addition, 12 northern Nigerian states, including Katsina, have adopted Islamic sharia law, which at least on paper provides for up to the death penalty for male-male sex and whipping and/or prison for lesbian sex
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