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January 13, 2014

US Secretary of State and activists react to the signing of the ‘Jail All The Gays’ legislation by President Goodluck Jonathan

LGBTI Nigerians will flee the country, causing pressure on foreign asylum systems, thanks to the new ‘Jail All The Gays’ legislation.

That’s the verdict of gay Nigerian expert in exile Davis Mac-Iyalla, speaking to GSN after it was confirmed President Goodluck Jonathan had signed the bill into law.

December 19, 2013

The Senate and House of Representatives have agreed on a bill banning same-sex marriage, LGBTI gatherings and will even jail allies of gay people

Nigeria's parliament has approved the 'Jail All The Gays' bill, and could be signed by President Goodluck Jonathan at any moment. 

The Senate in Abuja unanimously adopted the report of its conference committee on banning gay marriage last night (18 December). 

After two years, the Senate and House of Representatives have reached an agreement to the wording of the legislation of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill.

And if the bill becomes law, it will ban same-sex marriage and outlaw anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights.

May 31, 2013

As Nigeria passes a law jailing all gays and anyone who even knows someone gay who doesn’t report them, leading Nigerian LGBT activist Bisi Alimi responds

When on the afternoon of 30 May 2013 the news broke that Nigeria’s House of Representatives had finally passed the hideous and draconian Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Bill, I was in total shock.

I was at my best friend’s house with other secondary school colleagues of mine. We were there reminiscing on the glorious days we had in school. We remembered 20 years ago when we all left secondary school at the age of 18 years.

May 30, 2013

House of Representatives has banned same-sex marriage, outlaws anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, and sets up prison terms of up to 14 years

Nigeria have passed the ‘Jail All The Gays’ law, punishing not only gay sex but gay people, today (30 May).

It bans same-sex marriage, outlaws anyone from forming organizations supporting gay rights, and sets up prison terms of up to 14 years.

Approved by Nigeria’s House of Representatives in a voice vote, the bill will be sent to President Goodluck Jonathan for him to sign into law.

Under the bill the Senate passed in November 2011, openly gay people would be imprisoned whether or not they have sex.

July 20, 2012

A group of Nigerian advocates for the rights of sexual minorities say a bill banning gay groups which could be signed into law at any time by the country’s president will have unintended consequences for the country’s fight against HIV

Nigerian gay activists are warning there will be unintended consequences from a new law banning same-sex marriage and any advocacy on behalf of LGBT people.

The law, which would imprison people for a decade for taking part in or witnessing a same-sex marriage, was passed by both the Nigerian Senate and House of Representatives last year and could be signed at any time by the Nigerian president, Goodluck Johnathan.

March 16, 2012

The European Parliament adopted a resolution yesterday, calling for Nigeria to reject a bill which threatens gay couples with arrests and violence

The European Parliament has condemned Nigeria's anti-gay marriage bill which, if passed, would put lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the country at serious risk of violence and arrest.

The Same Gender Marriage Prohibition Bill was proposed in 2011 and has since been amended by the Nigerian Senate to punish those in a same-sex partnership with 14 years’ imprisonment and anyone ‘aiding or abetting’ such unions with 10 years in prison.