Lagos - The United States said it was "deeply concerned" by Nigeria’s enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.
In a statement on Monday evening, John Kerry, Secretary of State, said beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law "dangerously" restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.
"Moreover, it is inconsistent with Nigeria’s international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution," he said.
He stated, "People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality. No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love."
"We join with those in Nigeria who appeal for the protection of their fellow citizens’ fundamental freedoms and universal human rights."
It was reported Monday evening that President Goodluck Jonathan had signed a law that bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.
- CAJ News