Nigeria backs law to jail all gays and those who hide them

Published: November 15, 2012

Nigeria’s lawmakers have approved plans to jail people for being gay and even imprison people who don’t report homosexuals they know about to the police.

The west African nation already makes gay sex illegal and even punishable by the death penalty in the north part of the country but the new legislation goes much further.

Under the proposed law that has passed both the Senate and, this week, the House of Representatives there would be a crackdown on LGBT people which could lead to a witch-hunt.

Openly gay people would be imprisoned whether or not they have sex and LGBT organizations would be criminalized.

Anyone who knows somebody who is gay would have to tell the authorities or they could go to jail for five years.

Gay marriage would be punished by 14 years prison for the couple and 10 for anyone else involved in the ceremony. Even wedding guests could be jailed.

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