Bill to prohibit same-sex marriage passes second reading

FILE PHOTO: House of Representative in session

All the lawmakers supported the bill.

A bill for an Act to prohibit marriage or civil union entered into between persons of the same sex, and solemnisation of same, passed through the second reading in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday.

Leading the debate on the bill, Mulikat Akande-Adeola (PDP-Oyo) said the proposed legislation would ensure that the institution of marriage was respected.

Mrs. Akande-Adeola, who is the Leader of the House, said the bill would also protect and preserve the Nigerian culture.

She urged members to support the second reading of the bill, saying that marriage between people of the same sex “is foreign to the culture and traditions of Nigerians.”

“This same sex marriage is alien to our culture and not ordained by God; same sex or gender marriage is completely alien to our society and culture.

“This practice has no place in our culture, religion, Nigeria or anywhere in Africa, it is immorality and debasement of our culture, we condemn it in totality,” the lawmaker added.

Adams Jagaba (PDP-Kaduna) aligned himself with the submission of the Majority Leader and said no religion supported gay marriage.

“We are a cultured people; we cannot carry everything from other culture,” he said.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa (ACN-Lagos), who also supported the bill, said that solemnisation of same sex marriage had no place in Nigerian culture.

“It is repulsive,” she stressed.

Nnenna Ukeje (PDP-Abia) also condemned same-sex marriage.

She said marriage is a union that should be blessed by God and marriage between same sex “diminishes the symbol of what we are and procreation.’’

Femi Gbajabiamila (ACN-Lagos), the Minority Leader, also spoke against marriage between the same sex, describing the act as immoral.

“In this marriage, the third party is affected, these people go ahead and adopt children, thereby affecting the child, and in the process the child becomes dysfunctional,” he said. “We are not seeking to promote a dysfunctional society.’’

Aminu Suleiman (PDP-Kano) lauded the Senate for taking the initiative in rejecting gay marriage in Nigeria.

There was no dissenting voice and the bill sailed through the second reading after being put to vote by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.

Mr. Tambuwal subsequently referred it to the committee of the whole house for consideration.

The Senate had in November 2011 passed a bill banning same sex marriages in the country.

Opponents of the bill, particularly among the gay right groups, have said it violates their fundamental rights to choose their partner.


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  • bebeji

    Congrats to the National Assembly for this patriotic and moral stand before the gay rights under the giuse of their bogus fundamental human rights begin to contemplate marrying horses and dogs.

  • Free World

    Useless jobless people.They should also vote to prohibit corruption and looting of our commonwealth as these are also alien to our culture.We need to be more open minded about GLBT people in our midst.LET,S NOT LEGISLATE HATE.

    • fair Game

      Open minded about iniquity? God forbid! Nigeria is not perfect and no society is but we will not add to our many problems by endorsing iniquity. All LGBT people are free to leave Nigeria and seek asylum in the US and all the countries where they are allowed to ‘marry’ ( self delusion…)

    • fair Game

      Open minded about iniquity? God forbid! Nigeria is not perfect and no society is but we will not add to our many problems by endorsing iniquity. All LGBT people are free to leave Nigeria and seek asylum in the US and all the countries where they are allowed to ‘marry’ ( self delusion…)

  • From the west

    “In this marriage…. and in the process the
    child becomes dysfunctional,” he said. “We are not seeking to promote a
    dysfunctional society.’’

    Because Nigeria is a wonderful example of what a functional society is: Corruption, Graft, Crime, Violence and poverty……

    “This same sex marriage is alien to our culture and not ordained by God”

    Do atheists have a right to exist in Nigeria?

    “marriage is a union that should be blessed by God and marriage
    between same sex “diminishes the symbol of what we are and procreation.”

    Considering that the population has quadrupled in the last 60 years, maybe you should try to curb current levels of procreation, as they are unsustainable and will guarantee poverty for generations to come.

    It is sad that given all the problems they have to solve, that they can all unite to promote hatred.

    Well done!

    • fair Game

      Hatred for sin is good hatred. They have united against iniquity and if you feel that you are that iniquity then so be it. We have issues in Nigeria that we need to solve and that is why we will not add this sin of legalizing homosexuality to our many issues. There are many countries that will gladly give you asylum….so do not to hesitate to leave Nigeria if you so wish. Homosexuality is a perversion of nature and you cannot talk about love under a perversion rather it is lust of the flesh that you talk about under homosexuality ie the men or women who practice it are burning in their lust. Well done NASS on this one.

    • fair Game

      Hatred for sin is good hatred. They have united against iniquity and if you feel that you are that iniquity then so be it. We have issues in Nigeria that we need to solve and that is why we will not add this sin of legalizing homosexuality to our many issues. There are many countries that will gladly give you asylum….so do not to hesitate to leave Nigeria if you so wish. Homosexuality is a perversion of nature and you cannot talk about love under a perversion rather it is lust of the flesh that you talk about under homosexuality ie the men or women who practice it are burning in their lust. Well done NASS on this one.