The United States has criticised Nigeria for approving a law that punishes same-sex marriage with prison, saying the move would curtail human rights.
U.S Secretary of State, John Kerry said the United States was deeply concerned by Nigeria’s new law, which dangerously restricts freedom of association and expression for all Nigerians.
John Kerry in a statement said the act is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its nineteen ninety nine constitution.
Under the law, anyone in a same-sex marriage or union would face up to fourteen years in prison, with such partnership reached overseas considered void in Nigeria.
The Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati said President Jonathan signed the law because he considered it consistent with most Nigerians’ views towards homosexuality.