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Nigerian president signs law banning gay marriage

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan arrives for the service for former South African President Nelson Mandela

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill Monday that bans gay marriage, gay rights groups and making “public show of same-sex amorous” relationships. The bill contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison.

Under existing Nigerian federal law, sodomy is punishable by jail, but this bill legislates for a much broader crackdown on homosexuals and lesbians, who already live a largely underground existence. …

“Persons who enter into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union commit an offence and are each liable on conviction to a term of 14 years in prison,” the bill says.

“Any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years in prison.”

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is “deeply concerned” by the law.

Photo: Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan arrives for the service for former South African President Nelson Mandela at the First National Bank Stadium, also known as Soccer City, in Johannesburg Dec. 10, 2013.

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