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Nigeria: ‘Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill, 2011’ violates Constitution

, Index number: AFR 44/023/2011

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) strongly urge the Nigerian Senate not to pass the ‘Same Gender Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2011’. On the surface, the Bill appears to limit itself to introducing criminal penalties for marriage ceremonies between persons of the same sex, with a penalty of three years’ imprisonment. However, the Bill’s provisions extend far wider.

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