US Lambasts Nigeria For Signing Law Punishing Same-Sex Marriage

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The United States has lambasted Nigeria for signing into law a bill that seek to punish same-sex marriage with prison, saying the move would curtail fundamental human rights.

United Secretary of State, John Kerry said on Monday that the United States was “deeply concerned” by Nigeria’s new law which “dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association and expression for all Nigerians.”

According to Kerry, “the act 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,” Kerry added.

Reuben Abati, President Jonathan spokeman told AFP that president signed the law because he considered it consistent with most Nigerians’ views toward homosexuality.

Under the new law, anyone in a same-sex marriage or union would face up to 14 years in prison.

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