No going back on criminalizing same sex marriage in Nigeria – David Mark

Senator David Mark
Senator David Mark

In the face of growing pressure from the international community and human rights activists demanding the legalization of same sex marriage in Nigeria, President of the Senate, David Mark, has insisted that that the bill prohibiting same sex marriage is “irrevocable.”

The senate president said on Sunday in Abuja that in spite of the pressures from some quarters, the “law has come to stay.”

Same sex marriage will become a criminal offence in Nigeria and punishable by imprisonment of not less than 14 years if the bill is eventually signed into law.

The act was criminalised by a senate bill which got popular support from Nigerian lawmakers who said the bill will promote “decency” in the Nigerian society.

“We will not compromise on this,” the senate president said. “There are many good values we can copy from other societies but certainly not this one (same sex marriage).”

Mr. Mark, an influential Nigerian politician, said Nigeria has got to “prove to the rest of the world, who are advocates of this unnatural way that we Nigerians promote and respect sanity, morality and humanity.”

“Every individual is a product of the union of a man and woman!” he asserted.

Nigeria’s Senate in November 2011 approved the bill that would make same-sex marriage punishable by 14 years imprisonment for gay couples and 10 for anyone abetting such unions.

“Any person who … directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationships,” is also liable and punishable with a 10-year sentence.”

The bill outlaws gay organisations.

The bill has passed a second reading in the House of Representatives with a unanimous vote and will be forwarded to the president for approval after a clause-by-clause review and approval of the law by the Reps this year.

The bill will become law only after it is signed by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The formulation of the anti-gay rights law has pitched Nigeria against its pro-gay allies, with the United States and Britain condemning the law as an infringement on the rights of gays.

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, warned that the United Kingdom will consider withholding aids from countries that do not recognise gay rights.

U.S. President, Barack Obama, has also ordered all government agencies that play an active foreign policy role to take steps to encourage foreign nations to put a premium on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.

The law is popularly supported by Nigerians and has been widely praised especially by religious leaders and adherents.



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  • Followtruth

    I agree with you David Mark. However, when will you start criminalizing the unholy salaries and allowances the thieving political RULERS, including legislooters illegally steal from the nation’s treasury everyday?. When will you start practicing decency, morality, sanity and being human to the suffering Nigerians?. If the anti-same sex bill had anything in it that could affect your immoral acts of thievery and crimes against Nigerians, you would have killed it on arrival. You guys must learn to be fair to Nigerians.

  • Enemona

    Yes, that’s the exact Nigerian holier-than-thou attitude. We develop our own funny moral yardstick without any recourse to the fundamental principles of fairness and equity under the law.

    If you find it morally expedient to criminalize same-sex marriage why do you find it difficult to criminalize the obscene rape of our lovely country through the orgy of corruption you all take part in. Our leaders, in their current state of filth, do not have the strength of character to criminalize anything unless they come clean themselves.

    It took me 7 minutes to write this but I guess it’s a waste of time; looters will still loot, it’s etched in their skin and encoded in their genes.

  • A R Olawale

    David marks regime saysno going back let’s. Consider. Another regime it means. We must costitunalise it forever

  • Innocent

    This is one area where I agree with our lawmakers. My argument always is that if gay is allowed to thrive and in the event (which is almost impossible) that all men turn to their fellow men and women find toys for themselves, humans, an important part of the planet’s ecosystem will wipe. That’s ona very looong run. Secondly, why go after a man that dresses and acts like a woman? Why would you have original and choose fake?

  • it is totally wrong to imprison someone for their sexual preferences – if as you say it is an offence it is one that is against God and not man and so therefore imprisonment is NOT the answer. The truth of the matter is that it is no longer an offence even in GODS EYES , whilst we do admit that yes under THE LAW it was forbidden ( Leviticus 18:22) , As CHRISTIANS we ARE UNDER GRACE and not under the law and all such laws have been repealed by the Lord.

    q: how will Nigerian Christians get to under stand that there is no MALE OR FEMALE in HIM ?
    Where is your faith what exactly do you guys think is the works of the CROSS?

  • cashback

    law makers recently agreed to prohibit same sex marriages and even to
    prohibit any outward manifestations of same sex Love in public
    maintaining the ban on homosexuality -whilst the whole world awaits
    President Goodluck Jonathan(a Catholic Christian) to sign the bill into
    law many are moved to prayer & fastings at this great disastrous
    point in Nigeria’s Timeline. The prohibition has placed the Nation
    between the devil(who stands against Faith) & the deep blue sea
    (consequence of not following democratic processes). Whilst many feel
    that the stance for defeating the same sex marriage prohibition is a
    Human Rights one , I like many others believe that it is only through
    Religious arguments & discourse that we would successfully avoid
    this disastrous path for it is a Faith issue even a faith crisis, If GEJ
    signs it -it is a personal faith one & by not signing it is a
    democratic crisis one.

    & Legalistic Christians (Christians that live under the Law of
    Moses as opposed to under Grace – the Law of Christ )hold the view that
    homosexuality (gays & lesbians) and cross dressers &
    Transgendered ( yan daudu etc) are abominable in the sight of God &
    are’ a sin’. Christian LGBTs ( Lesbians Gays, Bi-Sexuals and Trans
    people including Cross dressers) yes there are ‘such people ‘and
    straight Christians under Grace agree that whilst it is true that God
    did ban it and stipulated under the Law of Moses that it must not be
    done see Leviticus 18:22, any Christian that is worthy of their salt and
    are truly under Grace will know that we are not to live under the Law .
    Hebrews 10 v 9 tells us Jesus’s mission statement , He came to abolish
    the first and establish the second. Hebrews states that because there
    was a change in Priesthood there was also a necessity of a change in the
    Law, Jesus changed the Law He said it in Mathew 22v37-40 where there
    are ONLY 2 Commandments to replace the 630 odd Laws given under the Law
    of Moses – 2 Corinthians 3:6 states that we are only to preach the new
    testament .

    LGBTs believe that Jesus died for them to be who they are , Galatians 3
    ;13 states He became a curse for us and paid the penalty for our sins,
    not only did He do that but He took the law all the way out of the Way
    in the Change of Priesthood now where there is no law there cannot be
    any transgression! . Jesus is the only One that offers penalty free
    religion (He Redeeming us from the Curse of the Law became a Curse for
    us)He is the only Way.

    these reasons Nigerians should not advocate a ban and penalty on same
    sex marriages or homosexuality as Jesus paid the penalty and to do so
    would be a violation of Jesus ‘s Law and a fall from Grace – a Faith

    it is true many are not comfortable with same sex relationships , many
    people do want a policy of live and let live which is what Jesus
    basically also said.

    Christians we KNOW that EVEN if we felt that someone was sinning they
    are entitled to their sinning ways our job is ONLY to go and preach the
    Truth to them , if they say we should leave they don’t want to hear we
    are to obey that is the directive God gave us. We are not to use force
    ‘in convincing’ as that is not faith in Him.

    Christians Same Sex relationships questions Christians faith in all
    denominations worldwide , what do you really believe? Do you believe
    that Christ abolished the law and established Grace ? that is the issue
    here – if you don’t believe that He did it would mean that one would
    still be in ones sin – If one does not accept that the Law of Moses is
    no more, the SACRIFICE that He is would not benefit one and that would
    be a great Crisis of Faith in Him and in what God has done.

    Editor’s Note:
    F Obisanya is a Born Again Christian film maker & lobbyist
    currently attached to the Human Rights and same sex marriage activist
    Peter Tatchell Foundation in London. She is a Masters Graduate of
    Goldsmiths College London, her film works include –Cashback paper or
    plastic©, DBW© The Trouble with Paul©, and more recently the Christian
    lesbian short film – Magda’s Lesbian Lover© She is a partner member of
    Creflo Dollar ministries ( US) and a member of the Inclusive Church in
    London. She lives in Royal Greenwich London.