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NIGERIA

Male to Male relationships: Not Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: Death
Female to Female Relationships: Legal only in some areas
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law

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Are you married to your same-sex partner in NIGERIA?

The majority of people visiting this site have said Yes, I married here

Yes, I married here (50%) Yes, I was married in another country (0 %) No, but we have a civil partnership (0 %) No (50%)

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(user currently living in NIGERIA) posted for gay lesbian readers on 13/12/2011 +3
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If you have been monitoring situations in Nigeria, you will understand that a bill originally designed to outlaw gay marriage is in the pipeline in the country. Gay sex stands the risk of being banned in Nigeria. Gays and lesbians face open discrimination and abuse in a country divided by Christians and Muslims who almost uniformly oppose homosexuality. In the areas in Nigeria's north where Islamic Shariah law has been enforced for about a decade, gays and lesbians can face death by stoning.
Under the proposed law to be passed by Senate, couples who marry could face up to 14 years each in prison. Witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars. The bill also punishes the "public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly'' with ten years in prison. A newly added portion of the bill, leveling 10 years in prison for those found guilty of organizing, operating or supporting gay clubs, organizations and meetings, worries advocates in Nigeria.
Efforts made by some international organizations seem to be falling on deaf ears. It is against this backdrop that the under listed people who are professionals and activists of various works of life in the different states of the federation wish to step up the fight against this bill which we have all described as an infringement on the fundamental human rights of the Nigerian citizen.
Under the auspices of Gay advocacy Nigeria, we intend to tackle the bill by secretly lobbying our various House of Representatives and members of the Senate in our various constituencies to frustrate the full passage of the bill. We are sure that our efforts will yield positive results since we have in the past influenced similar bills that were passed in our favour.
However, we are constrained by finance since this involves a huge consultation and lobbying. We therefore appeal to your organization to assist us with some finances that will facilitate our objective. It is our desire to keep this effort a top secret until the results start coming. We therefore hope that this letter will be given the utmost confidentiality it deserves. From time to time we shall be giving adequate report to your organization on the way forward and if need be, invite some of your members over where we shall introduce you to the various honourable members.
Believing that this letter will be treated with the urgency it requires. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Yours partners in the struggle;
Shaapera Donatus Terfa, Cordinator, Benue State
Ajayi yomi Ogun State
Osas Theophilus Edo State
Felicia Asui Delta State
Badmus Damkor Cross River State
Wugak Manji Plateau State
John Thomas Bayelsa State
Judith Akura Kogi State
Danladi Aminu Kano
Osagie Onus Akwa Ibom State
Emeka Chinedu Enugu State
Damilola Adekunle Oyo State
Chukwuma Chikelo Abia State
Tricia Anebi Osun State
Mustapha Abubakar Jigawa State
Dooshima Anyam Nasarawa State
Dior IOrkor Tararba State
Mary doo Ukange Bauchi State
Aminu Biu Borno State
Chinasa Eze Anambra State
Ben Igboko Imo State
Patricia Alongu Lagos State
Aluma Theodore Abuja FCT.
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(user currently living in NIGERIA) posted for gay lesbian readers on 13/12/2011 +3
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If you have been monitoring situations in Nigeria, you will understand that a bill originally designed to outlaw gay marriage is in the pipeline in the country. Gay sex stands the risk of being banned in Nigeria. Gays and lesbians face open discrimination and abuse in a country divided by Christians and Muslims who almost uniformly oppose homosexuality. In the areas in Nigeria's north where Islamic Shariah law has been enforced for about a decade, gays and lesbians can face death by stoning.
Under the proposed law to be passed by Senate, couples who marry could face up to 14 years each in prison. Witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to 10 years behind bars. The bill also punishes the "public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly'' with ten years in prison. A newly added portion of the bill, leveling 10 years in prison for those found guilty of organizing, operating or supporting gay clubs, organizations and meetings, worries advocates in Nigeria.
Efforts made by some international organizations seem to be falling on deaf ears. It is against this backdrop that the under listed people who are professionals and activists of various works of life in the different states of the federation wish to step up the fight against this bill which we have all described as an infringement on the fundamental human rights of the Nigerian citizen.
Under the auspices of Gay advocacy Nigeria, we intend to tackle the bill by secretly lobbying our various House of Representatives and members of the Senate in our various constituencies to frustrate the full passage of the bill. We are sure that our efforts will yield positive results since we have in the past influenced similar bills that were passed in our favour.
However, we are constrained by finance since this involves a huge consultation and lobbying. We therefore appeal to your organization to assist us with some finances that will facilitate our objective. It is our desire to keep this effort a top secret until the results start coming. We therefore hope that this letter will be given the utmost confidentiality it deserves. From time to time we shall be giving adequate report to your organization on the way forward and if need be, invite some of your members over where we shall introduce you to the various honourable members.
Believing that this letter will be treated with the urgency it requires. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Yours partners in the struggle;
Shaapera Donatus Terfa, Cordinator, Benue State
Ajayi yomi Ogun State
Osas Theophilus Edo State
Felicia Asui Delta State
Badmus Damkor Cross River State
Wugak Manji Plateau State
John Thomas Bayelsa State
Judith Akura Kogi State
Danladi Aminu Kano
Osagie Onus Akwa Ibom State
Emeka Chinedu Enugu State
Damilola Adekunle Oyo State
Chukwuma Chikelo Abia State
Tricia Anebi Osun State
Mustapha Abubakar Jigawa State
Dooshima Anyam Nasarawa State
Dior IOrkor Tararba State
Mary doo Ukange Bauchi State
Aminu Biu Borno State
Chinasa Eze Anambra State
Ben Igboko Imo State
Patricia Alongu Lagos State
Aluma Theodore Abuja FCT.
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