Nigeria outlaws marriage equality

Nigeria has outlawed same-sex marriage and civil unions in a bill approved by president Goodluck Jonathan, according to his spokesman.The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill 2013, called “discriminatory” by Amnesty International, sets jail terms of up to 14 years for anyone entering gay marriage or civil partnership and also bans LGBT organisations altogether.“I can confirm that the president has signed the bill into law,” Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman Reuben Abati told AFP.Abati said the bill, adopted by the Senate in 2011, was signed by Goodluck Jonathan “because it is consistent with the attitude of most Nigerians towards homosexuality”.“More than 90 percent of Nigerians are opposed to same sex marriage. So, the law is in line with our cultural and religious beliefs as a people,” he added.