The bill, first debated in 2007, blasts same sex relationships and marriages as "immoral" and "prohibits marriage between persons of same gender, solemnization of same and other matters related therewith."
Representatives said that both Islam and Christianity, the prominent religions in Nigeria, condemn homosexual acts.
The bill had been discussed at public hearings and was backed by citizens, one politician claimed. Another, Igo Aguma, said: "It is against my faith to have same-sex marriage. It is against our penal code to even engage in activities that are as quarrelsome as this between man and man, as well as women and women.
"It is time for us at this point in time to think back and look at the scourge of HIV/AIDS. The greatest means of transmitting this disease is through the act of sodomy. Young children are already victims of been lured into this cruel and unimaginable act. It is an act of perversion."
It's true that HIV/AIDS is escalating in Nigeria, which probably has more to do with poverty, government corruption and religious bigotry. But it's really a shame when the Nigerian legislators will not even admit the truth and their government figures which state, "Some 80% of HIV infections in Nigeria are transmitted through heterosexual sex.
Legislators also say homosexuality is a criminal act on Nigeria's law books "and those who are caught as gay couples should be prosecuted forthwith in order to serve as a deterrent to others. criminal act in Nigeria's law books and those who are caught as gay couples should be prosecuted in order to serve as a deterrent to others."
The extent of state-sponsored violence and harassment against gays and lesbians in Nigeria has become epidemic. Nigeria has among the most draconian anti-gay legislation on the planet. The nation has proposed comprehensive anti-gay measures that would ban gays from even going out to dinner together. Human rights groups have criticized the nation for allowing religious judges to sentence gays to death, but, these sentences have never been enforced. Earlier in 2008 and 2007, lynch mobs attacked groups of suspected gay men, killing at least one. There were no arrests.
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