The European Parliament’s Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights is condemning the Nigerian government for its proposal to make homosexual “marriage” illegal and to ban homosexual advocacy organizations. MEP Michael Cashman (UK), president of the Intergroup, said that Nigeria’s government supports a culture that is “homophobic,” and “continues to threaten the lives of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) citizens.”

The legislation imposes five-year prison sentences without the option of a fine for anyone attempting to create homosexual “marriages” or for persons who witness, aid or abet the ceremony of same-sex “marriage.”

The bill prohibits “any person involved in the registration of gay clubs, societies and organisations, sustenance, procession or meetings, publicity and public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly in public and in private.” The bill has reportedly been approved in the Federal Executive Council but has not yet been submitted to the National Assembly.

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