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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

US Government Reveals It Will Pressure Nigeria Until It Legalises Same-Sex Marriage

While Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari prepares to meet with his United States' president Barack Obama, in the White House next Monday, the US government will most likely make another move to ensure the Nigerian government legalises same sex marriage.

According to the Nigerian Pilot, the US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, stated during a live-web chat with journalists in Washington DC that the US would continue to pressure Nigeria until it legalises same-sex marriage.

Thomas-Greenfield, who said the US had adopted the protection of the rights of same-sex people as part of its foreign policies, vowed that Washington would continue to mount and sustain pressure on
Nigeria and other countries to reverse their laws against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) community.

She said:

“As a government, it is one of the highest priorities and strongest values that discrimination against anyone based on their sexual orientation and gender identity is wrong. We believe human rights should be available to everybody. “As a policy, we will continue to press the government of Nigeria, as well as other governments which have provided legislation that discriminate against the LGBT community.”

Thomas-Greenfield, who did not agree that pressuring Nigeria to reverse the anti-gay law amounted to interference, said Nigeria and Uganda have the hardest legislation on the gay community.

She said:

“This is very much a work in progress, but I think you will agree with me that the law in Nigeria really went far in discriminating against this community but also people who associate with them. So, we will continue to press the government, to press the legislature to change these laws and provide human rights for all Nigerian people regardless of their sexual orientation.”

“With what is happening in the US, you can determine how far we are willing to go. We strongly believe human rights for all people and we are particularly opposed to legislation that actually targets the gay community for discrimination. “So we are prepared to push this as a policy, not just in Africa but across the world.”


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