Update Nigerian prosecutors have charged 53 people for allegedly witnessing a same-sex marriage, which is punishable by 10 years in prison in the socially conservative West African country. Police in the northern state of Kaduna arrested the accused on April 15, Nigeria's Premium Times reported. A police prosecutor said that the persons "conspired to celebrate a gay marriage" at a motel, and that the two men who were to be married were on the run. The 53 accused were charged with conspiracy, unlawful assembly and belonging to an unlawful society.
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Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan signed a bill on Monday that criminalises same-sex relationships, defying western pressure over gay rights and provoking US criticism. The bill, which contains penalties of up to 14 years in prison and bans gay marriage, same-sex "amorous relationships" and membership of gay rights groups, was passed by the national assembly last May but Jonathan had delayed signing it into law. A presidential spokesman told Reuters he had now done so. As in much of sub-Saharan Africa , anti-gay sentiment and persecution of homosexuals is rife in Nigeria, so the new legislation is likely to be popular. Jonathan is expected to seek re-election in but is under pressure after several dozen lawmakers and a handful of regional governors defected to the opposition in the past two months. Under existing Nigerian federal law, sodomy is punishable by jail, but this bill legislates for a much broader crackdown on homosexual people, who live a largely underground existence. While European countries, most recently France, have moved to offer same-sex couples the legal rights enjoyed by heterosexuals, many African countries are seeking to tighten laws against homosexuality.
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Joe Biden of the Democratic Party defeated the incumbent president and candidate of the Republican Party, Donald Trump in the tightly contested election. And despite major changes in laws and norms surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage and the rights of LGBT people, public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in society remains sharply divided. He said Nigerians should expect and hope that Biden runs his presidency different from that of Obama even though he was part of the government for eight years. You know this is against the order of nature and the order of creation talking about lesbianism, transgender, homosexuality and all that. We hope that he would be able to unfold his own agenda as Biden, Biden presidency judged on the basis of what he is coming up with.
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