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Dozens of arrests in Nigeria as anti-gay laws come into force

The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on 07th January 2014. The legislation criminalises same sex marriage and individuals are liable for a maximum of 14 years’ imprisonment. This legislation also criminalises membership of an LGBT organisation. Membership of such an organisation can be for up to 10 years.
The Nigerian legislation was passed shortly after Uganda passed its own Anti-Homosexuality Act.

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry has denounced the spread of anti-gay legislation in the region.

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