Nigeria: Anti-gay bill would hinder fight against AIDS

Published: January 2, 2014

 AIDS activist Stephen Chukwumah of Nigeria recently described the complications that would be created for people battling AIDS if Nigeria enacts the so-called “Jail the Gays Bill,” which the Senate passed on Dec. 18 and asked President Goodluck Jonathan to sign.

If he signs the bill into law, Nigeria would impose prison sentences of up to 14 years on any Nigerian who entered into a same-sex marriage and up to 10 years to anyone attending a same-sex wedding in Nigeria. It apparently would also provide prison sentences of up to 10 years for anyone who supported LGBT-friendly organizations or meetings.
Chukwumah’s arguments against the bill appeared in  an open letter to David Mark, president of the Nigerian Senate, which was published in, and NaijaLoudSpeaker.  This is an excerpt from that letter
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