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News Brief 53 People Arrested Gay Wedding Nigeria

News Brief: 53 People Face Criminal Charges for Attending a Gay Wedding

by Aaron Shepard

News Brief 53 People Arrested Gay Wedding Nigeria

News Brief:  53 People Face Criminal Charges for Attending a Gay Wedding

53 people are facing criminal charges in Nigeria after police claimed they attended a same-sex wedding.

Homosexuality has long been illegal in Nigeria, but a 2013 law moved beyond simply targeting gay sex:  extending the provisions to criminalize all forms of same-sex unions and clamp down on the LGBT community.  Under the law, people who enter any form of same-sex union are liable for 14 years imprisonment, while people who “witness, abet and aids the solemnization of a same sex marriage or civil union” can face up to 10 years in jail.

The BBC reports that police in the country this month carried out a raid on an alleged ceremonial same-sex wedding in the city of Zaria.  According to the broadcaster, 53 people were arrested and have been charged with conspiring to celebrate a same-sex wedding.

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