LGBT rights: Nigerian lawmakers take big step backwards

nigeriaBY EOIN COOPER MARSH
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Legislators in Nigeria passed a bill on Thursday that outlaws marriage equality. The law also bans Nigerians from forming and supporting LGBT rights groups. Other components of the bill consist of making same-sex public displays of affection illegal and criminalizing the registration of gay organizations and clubs.

President Goodluck Jonathan will now have the final decision, after Nigeria’s House of Representatives gave the law their approval. There is uncertainty whether he will sign off on the legislation given that the US and UK have indicated they may cut funding for HIV/AIDS programs. Nigeria, with a population of 160 million, has the third-highest number of people globally who live with the disease.

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