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Bill to Prohibit Same-Sex Marriage Passes Second Reading in House of Representatives



From all indications, Nigerian lawmakers are taking the “fight” against same sex marriage very seriously. On Tuesday 13th November 2012, 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.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Rep. Mulikat Akande-Adeola (PDP-Oyo) who led the debate on the bill said the proposed legislation would ensure that the institution of marriage is respected and would also protect and preserve the Nigerian 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.

Rep. Abike Dabiri-Erewa (ACN-Lagos), who also supported the bill, said the solemnisation of same sex marriage had no place in Nigerian culture saying “it is repulsive”.

On his part, minority leader, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (ACN-Lagos) described same sex marriage 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. We are not seeking to promote a dysfunctional society,” he stated.

The bill was also supported by most members of the House who raised arguments against same sex marriages.

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

With security issues, poverty, healthcare deficiencies as other pressing issues in Nigeria, critics have argued that the Same Sex Marriage Ban Bill is simply a means used by Nigerian lawmakers to distract from their lack of action in important areas while supporters of the bill claim that it is essential to maintain the “moral standards” in our country.


Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. notaplayerhater

    November 14, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Of course there was no dissenting voice! in a country and house full of hypocrites no one would openly support the bill. But come out later in the evening and you’ll find them with their little boys! Awon oshi! who patronises all those ‘fine boys’ in abuja then? Shiorrr

  2. Nana

    November 14, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Can this idiots something that matters to the average Nigerian? Frigging bad roads, broken down hospitals…broken down system. And it’s same sex marriage they saw fit to address

    • Beauty

      December 22, 2012 at 2:38 am

      You think the issue of homosexuality shouldn’t be taken seriously… Well studies show that Homosexual men are at greater risk of being affected by HIV than heterosexuals(man and woman). Do some research!
      Plus how would you feel if your so called gay boyfriend passed down HIV to you

  3. valerie

    November 14, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Not a player hater pls shut up! M glad Nigeria is standing solidly on its moral hind legs. The white man has taken §o much from us and left a bunch of useless legacies behind! If not for the internet n dt bastardized city of demons HOLLYWOOD we wouldn’t even v to pass dis bill. Pls maintain our culture n integrity, that is what d law is for

    • t

      November 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

      if I understand you right, errr…why are you using the internet???

    • Bleed blue

      November 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm

      I tire for Valerie oh…pscheeew

  4. AA

    November 14, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Shame on all these leaders. We are busy chasing the shadows of a practice that truthfully has never been a threat to African culture. The real threat to our culture is corruption, adultery, sexual violence against women and children, not homosexualism. But since we are all holier than God, we would rather demonise innocent people than face the real demons in society. Big shame!!!

    • honey

      November 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

      Its a big threat n I like our lawmakers stand.dis same sex pple wants to cum n spoil our society.thank God africans don’t support it bcus we cannot even fight n take care of malaria den dis same sex marriager dats comes wit alot of mata hw D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ try to polished dis same sex marriage its a sin against God n humanity.lawmnaker av my support on dis issue.

    • Mana

      November 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

      You are so right my dear!
      There are more pressing theme that must be addressed. I am not a fan of same-sex marriage, but I am for a free society. But lynch-justice, high unemployment among graduates, poor infrastructure, corruption, poor medical care, etc., are major problems that should be combated!

  5. a hater!

    November 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

    1) Funny enof gay parties in Nigeria is a sight 2bhold.
    2) Nobody has any right 2 castigate cos if u peep ur eyes in doz parties esp. in Lagos be rest assured u might see a family member; ur own brother, uncle, evn ur own Father.
    3) Homosexuality no dey look face or “class” it cuts across social status so is not a mata of being a fine boy some ugly guys are into it big time like d man standin right in d above pics…lol
    4) So I head: evn d Reps. in Abuja making d loudest noise are into it demselves…
    5) D very few naija movies dat has gay content and are not banned pls go 2 market n see if u can get a copy(Law54, MenInLove, etc) Its being sold out already so who are d pple patronizin it….???
    6) I beliv witout our knowin we are already embracing d female celebrities (music industry in particular)
    Let me Stop here 4now.
    **Bella post my comment oh! I no call anybody name oh! ds is my own thoughts abeg**

    • RVI

      November 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Yes people are practising it openly and secretly but does it make it right? That is the issue on ground and not whether people do it at night and pretend by day. What is wrong is wrong so let us stop looking for who to blame and try and correct the wrong. Even before the gay rights became an issue, those who are gay hide to do it that only tells you that they themselves feel they’re doing something wrong. If it was so normal, they wouldnt be secret about it. Those who hide to practise it do so because in their hearts they know what they are doing is so wrong that people must not find out.
      The lawmakers are on point for once in their miserable lives.

    • iCROSSmyHeart

      November 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

      Who are you to determine what is right or wrong? MORALITY IS SUBJECTIVE especially where Nigeria is concerned. If you do not go with the flow, something must be wrong with you. It is immoral if a woman chooses NOT to marry, BUT VERY MORAL FOR A MAN TO BEAT UP HIS WIFE SENSELESSLY IF SHE FARTS WHILE HE EATS. It is moral for men to have mistresses BUT VERY IMMORAL IF A WOMAN HAS MORE THAN ONE SEXUAL PARTNER. It is MORAL for group of people to KILL FOUR INNOCENT BOYS FOR STEALING WHATEVER (EVEN THOUGH THIS IS NOT TRUE), but very IMMORAL for a POLITICIAN TO SPEND ONE DAY IN JAIL FOR STEALING MILLIONS, SPREADING HIV/AIDS, AMONGST OTHERS.

      Do you see where I am going with this? Morality in NIGERIA is SUBJECTIVE. So what is right for you, maybe WRONG for me.

      a hater plainly said that if HOMOSEXUALITY IS BAD, THEN THERE WILL NOT BE PEOPLE PATRONIZING IT. You may point out that killing is bad, but people kill. But there is a difference. Homosexuality does not harm anyone, killing does. Homosexuality is between men who want to have sex with each other and who have agreed to have sex with each other. No one wants to be killed or seeks out people to kill them. On the contrary. You cannot compare apples and oranges, but of course in Nigeria apples and oranges are one and the same thing.

  6. notaplayerhater

    November 14, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Dear Valerie,
    If i were brought up differently, i’d be hurling insults at you too…but thankfully, my momma taught me better than that! Homosexuality didnt need the internet to get to nigeria darling! Travel to the north and see! Oh, right, i forget. You’re probably some snide lil churchgoer sitting in your litle corner of molete Ibadan thumping your bible with religious fervour while gossiping about all your neighbours! Take a chill pill, will ya! Nobody says gay marriage should be the in thing, but really who is making the rules? Some dudes that i know and see on ‘gay street’ every evening?? B*tch, Puhleeze! We’ve got bigger problems, but these hypocrites are collecting ‘sitting allowances’ while they act holier-than-thou and spout rules that their going to flout this very night! nonsensical elements!

    • Mousepad

      November 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

      …..and you say you were raised better????? No darling, you were not!

  7. notaplayerhater

    November 14, 2012 at 8:31 am

    *rules that they are going to flout*

  8. Bee

    November 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

    While this may seem irrelevant in the grand scheme of things, I’m glad it’s not the opposite happening, because then, we would have a problem. At least there’s something to celebrate, no matter how small.

    • Mz Aida

      November 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Homosexualism is a spirit 4rm the pit of hell.woe be unto you who practise homosexualism cos you are trying to say to God that he was foolish 4 making eve and your mother.”You r a christain nd proudly gay” was christ gay,yet u claim to be his follower…the house of rep and senate should beta rule against this rubbish oo… God have mercy on us all

    • Idak

      November 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

      So also is corruption, adultery and under-aged marriages. So extend your righteous indignation to all these and pass the same message to the clowns in NASS.

    • iCROSSmyHeart

      November 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      By speaing for God, my dear Mz AIDA, you have highlighted that He does not exist. You are tiny in the grand scheme of His existence. YOU SHOULD NOT SPEAK FOR OR ON BEHALF OF HIM. IF GOD KNOWS THAT A GAY MAN EXISTS AND ALLOWS SAID GAY MAN’S MOTHER TO GIVE BIRTH TO HIM, THEN MY DEAR, GOD LOVES SAID GAY MAN, OTHERWISE HE IS CAPABLE OF DESTROYING HIM.

      You cannot speak for God and turn around and claim that you are a Christian. Anyone who speaks for Him, I tune out completely. You, yourself, are not PERFECT. Does that make your mere existence IMMORAL?

    • Abiola

      November 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      “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.”

      So, corruption, theft and all the other vices that go on in Nigeria are a part of our culture , right?
      Seriously, PIB has been going back and forth for how many years? No bill to protect widows, orphans, the disabled?

    • iCROSSmyHeart

      November 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Abi, when it concerns women, orphans, the poor, etc, it is not a problem. I feel that we focus on what interests us. The House of Thieves focus so much on homosexuality because they practice it more than others. Its like Pastors in Nigeria who are vehemently against fornication and yet do not mind sleeping with church members.

      The real problem in Nigeria is HYPOCRISY. To many people PRETENDING TO BE WHAT THEY ARE NOT. Women buying ANIMAL hair to look like Kim K. Men spending lavishly on cars to live like JayZ and Kanye. These are people who cannot afford luxury but must live a life that refuses to engage them in any discussion. The irony.

      With hypocrisy comes stealing, cheating, condemnation, corruption, killing, and plenty others. Once you are not transparent and lack integrity (which most Nigerians with HIGH MORAL VALUES have), nothing, absolutely nothing will WORK in that and any society.

  9. Idak

    November 14, 2012 at 8:50 am

    “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 same way under age marriage in the north, adultery, looting of the treasury, aristo runs and are immoralities. So when are we having the bills for those passed?
    Crazy barbarians that have invaded the city centre and held our commonwealth hostage.

  10. Lolade

    November 14, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Sorry people. But its not everything about western ideology we must copy. Marraige between those of the same sex is an abomination before God (as are all sins we all commit so I’m not being judgment o) and we should not be legalising it on our country.

    The probem with the West, is that its their way or no way. Those who are rising up condeming the bill have been brain washed into believing that the way of the West is the way forward. It is not the case. lets cherish our own morals and the ideals we strive to acheive and set an example for the West.

    I dont think homophobia is right at all – I believe in loving and respecting all equally but that doesnt mean we must legalise and legitimise immoral activities. Thats like saying we should legalise Aristo behaviour and adultery because almost everyone in Lagos engages in it (a silly example, but I hope you catch my drift)

  11. Bellanaijathegreatest

    November 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    You may not like their tactics, but they are just there to arrest an upcoming trend in civil unions. Majority of Nigerians oppose same sex marriage and the reps wants to ride on the populace cocktails. Personally, I think the bill is a waste of legislative time and the institution of marriage is already shaky with the level of adultery that goes one among the rich including the legislators

  12. Amaka

    November 14, 2012 at 10:03 am

    No matter how we look at it, I must commend our law makers for standing up against gay marriage. U ppl are saying Nigerians problems are bad roads, corruption n d likes. I totally agree with dat but dont u think dat d wrath of God ll bring more suffering if we allow gay marriage? Suffering will increased cos God is not a respecter of persons. He cannot be mocked. SIN is a reproach 2 a nation.

    • ofilispeaks

      November 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      yikes…I guess the people in Holland, England and America are suffering. That’s why our people crowd their embassies daily. O well…I just pray we focus on more important things.

    • iCROSSmyHeart

      November 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Ofilispeaks daalu rinne. Canada, USA, England are met with the wrath of God that is why we go there to school, shop, eat, dance, and beg them to allow us to live there.


      Look at Nigeria today and look at other countries that are learning to EMBRACE EVERYONE DESPITE THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, RACE, CLASS, ETC.

      Nigerians will condemn you if you cannot afford recharge card. Even more so, if you cannot buy ANIMAL HAIR that is longer than Rapunzel’s. Even more so, if you cannot afford a yard of lace. And it is homosexuality we are condemning? We have already condemned ourselves.

      We are stratified already as a society. Look at how women are treated. Is it an exemplary country for MORAL VALUES? See how poor children are exploited, YET NIGERIA IS SO HIGH IN MORALS, PEOPLE WILL SHIT IN THEIR PANTS for not measuring up.

      Prioritize your values!!!! Moral values committed suicide in Nigeria once Nnamdi Azikiwe assumed office. Get real!

  13. Peaches

    November 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Lets call a spade a spade. A sin is a sin no matter how big or small. God says love your neighbours, He didnt say dont love Gays or Lesbos, after all we all shed the same tear, and our blood is RED no matter what. We live in a day and age that is polluted with all sorts and it’s already scary enough that we dont know what will come out of all this. But God surely knows that all will come to an end. The westerners didnt bring in Gay and same same sex and transgender culture. (Have y’all forgotten sodom and gormorrah in the bible)Everything that we think is new and happening now all happened in the bible, so there’s nothing new under God’s eye.

    I just really hope we as individuals maintain OUR morals and teach our children (The future) what is right, acceptable and just. So nevermind whats happening now, think about your children and their future, now thats a scary thought. Trust me this is not a problem, this is a minor problem compared to whats going on in our country.

  14. Joanna

    November 14, 2012 at 10:25 am

    ..and the ‘placard’ carrying peeps in the photo above are?…

  15. Ade

    November 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

    9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 1st Corinthians 6, verses 9-10. Please repent before it is too late.

  16. Layo

    November 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Because there is absolutely nothing else to be addressed in Nigeria? Anyway, I do wish people would pick up a history book before claiming “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” I can only hope for the day our leaders begin to address the other real issues posing threats to our environment.

  17. Ikita

    November 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

    @ Peaches-Well said Peaches.

  18. Stella

    November 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Why are some people here talkin rubbish for crying out loud? “Sin is a reproach to a nation” God destroyed Sodom n Gomaorah cos of this same sin. Yes we have problems to tackle in Nigeria but if dont do something about this now, it will bring more n bigger problems.

  19. Natruetalk

    November 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    @Peaches…thumbs up!

  20. chizo

    November 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    @ peaches, i dnt think u called a spade a spade. If your child confronts you with this issue, i hope you will be able to tell him or her that “Everything that we think is new and happening now all happened in the bible, so there’s nothing new under God’s eye” rather than condenmming a wrong act. Homosextuality is a sin. Even a hardened criminal knows stealing is bad and will not come out to support it or wuld want his children to be lyk him. Even if those against it practice it, it is commendable that they stand against it in one voice. Please, peaches say the right thing and nt beating around the bush.

  21. Me2me

    November 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Who is that claiming to be xtian, biko just stop it. Its like saying i’m christian and sex b4 marriage is right or murder is right or stealing is right.

    Xtians Sin but know not to proclaim it as right cos then it becomes the sin against the holy spirit which will neva be forgiven on earth or in heaven

    Those who still know to hide if not they will be persecuted. And no1 should say gay pple aint hurting any1 by being gay. They are hurting our society, confusing our children, making us uncomfortable, provoking us etc.

    In fact it might as well be tagged as self defence if a one kills a gay person cos the person was provoked,lol. Now thats a joke ooo. B4 una go take laws into ur hands

  22. leggy

    November 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    lol, they’re maintaining the moral standards while collecting bribes, not doing a damn thing and funding boko haram?! but oh, homosexuality is what is hindering us morally in nigeria? you idiots make me laugh. religion is indeed the opium of the masses.

  23. nich

    November 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    what they are doing is right……..if they do not stop it now….soon it would be too late for africa and especially nigeria……with africa’s economy about to crumble as soon as the us becomes the largest oil producing nation in the world in 5 years…..poverty will force many guys into it….

  24. Joan

    November 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Bill or no bill, don’t think that homosexuality will not affect you if you don’t stand against it. It is rapidly creeping into our society. May we never see the day when it will be okay for our kids to be taught ‘sex education’ in schools with a curriculum that includes “Who is a lesbian” or “Define homosexuality”. May we never see the day. #ThatIsAll

  25. Wealthy one

    November 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Please take time to read the bible it’s a purifier. No sin is acceptable to God! Yes we’ve become complacent and now depend on grace and mercy. Judge yourself. 1 Corinthians 6:9-12
    9 Or know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
    12 All things are lawful for me; but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me; but I will not be brought under the power of any.
    And read 1 Corinthians 6:18-20
    18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 Or know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have from God? and ye are not your own; 20 for ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body. We will all give account of every spoken word too.

  26. Chattyzee

    November 14, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Like my male friend once said, how can a woman be as endowed as God as created us to be … both front, back and the entire figure 8 … and a man will now choose to be attracted to something else other than that? And likewise for women …..
    God is not crazy and I’m sure he was not sleep walking when he decided to create Eve to be a companion to Adam …. I hope the House can for once use their brains for something good…

  27. climax

    November 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    This is sad, one day, paedophiles will rise and demand their rights, claiming that they were born that way. Its alright, just know that sin destroys a nation, the leaders do worse things but no one is passing these offenses into law, God forbid, we will never see the day when sin will be legalized in this country. You want to be gay and adopt kids abi, ok if all of us became gay who will give birth to the kids you will adopt. black is black and white is white abeg.

  28. CC

    November 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Homosexuality is natural. The Almighty did not create everyone the same. There are majority and minority groups. If you believe in the Almighty as creator, you’d know to attack gays is like racism or sexism. Let us spend precious time and money on tackling the corruption and incompetence which trap us in the gutter. You send a gay to a prison, a same-gender institution, and that will reform him? You hear of straight people in prison trying homosexuality out of frustration. For a gay to be sent there is to be reinforced in the orientation. Our people can be daft!

    • what

      November 14, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      You dont get the point …no one is criticizing them ..we are just saying they should stay in their lane and do their thing?…why do we have to legalize it?…..once you legalize one the rest would follow…….i hope you know that some paedophiles believe they were born this way or claim so ?… is wrong …but it goes on……or would you leaglize rape as well…? we all know no one is perfect ….but why legalize one problem over the others? if you want to legalize then do all…so that we know which one is which…..sigh…another thing i might add… all for civil unio for gays if they do it privately …but they can never force christians or religious leaders to accept them into the church ..cos that is totally pushing the boundaries of what the church believes in…..everyone believe in something be it God, science, earth, nature etc……….if christians say no let them be….and move on ….we cnt force them to go against their believes….

    • Nate

      November 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      Your example of rape and pedophiles is pretty lame. You can’t compare a rapist and a pedophile to someone who chooses to be gay or lesbian. That’s apple and oranges. Rapist and Pedophiles inflict pain and harm on people. How does someone being gay, lesbian or bisexual cause harm or affect you or anyone. Why does everyone have to be subjected to being a Christian or a Muslim. Why must they shove their believes down our throat. I am a practicing Hindu and a pure Vegan — It’s a sin and against what I choose to belief to eat meat or any animal products or by products. I have very close friends that are Christians and Muslims that eat meat and I don’t treat them any different from my Hindu friends that are vegan. About 85% of the people in India are Hindu’s and pure Vegans (eating meat is a sin) — however that doesn’t mean they should treat the other 15% (that eat meat) that are – Christians, Muslims, Buddhist, Sikhism, Jainism any differently. Please let them Channel their energy on the run down country – there is corruption, boko haram on a killing spree, horrendous airport, horrifying airplanes, terrible roads, outdated hospitals, incompetent doctors, flood, No power supply, fuel scarcity (and they are the 7th largest crude oil Nation in the world). There are a ton of things to fix in the Country.

  29. repentance

    November 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    these people are just suffering from satanic influence that have been on the western world, this evil have increased as a result of satanic worship and initiations. satan himself was is a homosexual… John 8:44- You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. They need help for casting away of this evil spirit………….

  30. timi

    November 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    I really wish Nigerians will stand up against corrupt leaders like they stand up against gay marriage!! Our country would be so much better.

  31. simdamsel

    November 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I believe one tin in dis life to always put God into consideration b4 we do anytin HE too has feeling , if GoD approve of same sex marriage he will give them opportunity 2 give birth d normal way, I guess u havent thought of dat. And d truth of dis whole matter is d act is Devilish.


    January 7, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Same sex union, whatever name you call it, lesbianism, Homosexualism etc is un african, it is a social disorder and is against the very essence of human nature.

    Right from the creation of the world. God created Adam and Eve(male and female)and laid down the natural law of creation which is between a man and a woman. Same sex union is against the law of nature. It is not a surprise that many counties in the world including Nigeria has rightly legislated against it.

    The simple question i have for the protagonist of the same sex union is this Are you a product of same sex marriage?

    The white man has taken §o much from us and left a bunch of useless legacies behind!

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