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Anglicans support govt, oppose gay marriages

27 January 2014, 08:28Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, commended the Nigeria Anglican Church for opposing gay marriages.

He urged leaders of other religious movements to preach against such practices.

“I urge our religious leaders that if it is possible, it should be a theme for preaching at all times,” he said at Onicha-Olona, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State during a memorial thanksgiving service in honour of Donald and Juliet Ochei, parents of the Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Victor Ochei."

He said the signing of the anti-gay law by President Goodluck Jonathan was not the end of the “struggle” and urged religious leaders in the country not to relent in the fight against gay relationship and marriage.

According to the Governor, serious pressure was still being mounted on the Federal Government to rescind the law. Some countries in the West have expressed concern at President Goodluck Jonathan assenting to a bill outlawing gay marriages.

Uduaghan nonetheless defended the government, arguing that gay marriage was “repulsive to the senses and taboo to the African culture and norms.”

The Bishop of Asaba Diocese of Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Justus Mogekwu, commended Uduaghan for speaking out against gay relationships.

“Nigeria abhors gays and gay marriage because it is a taboo to Nigerian culture,” he said.

“I urge everyone to join the fight to ensure that no matter the pressure, gay marriages will not be allowed in the country,” added the churchman.

He urged Christians to live righteous lives and ensure that they assisted the less-privileged in society.

– CAJ News


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