Sex between two persons of the same gender is already illegal, but the President of that African republic has just signed into law a bill that makes same-sex marriage or any same-sex “amorous relationship” illegal as well.
President Goodluck Jonathan had delayed signing the bill, which passed last May. It provides for penalties of up to 14 years in prison for the “crime” of entering into a loving relationship with a person of the same-sex, or even joining a group that supports LGBT civil rights.
Nigeria is the seventh most-populous country in the world, with an estimated 175 million people within its borders. About half the country observes Christianity, and about half observe Islam.