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Theresa May asks that anti-Same-Sex laws be Removed in Commonwealth Nations

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Theresa May asks that anti-Same-Sex laws be Removed in Commonwealth Nations - BellaNaija

LONDON, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Business Forum Opening Session on the first day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 at the Guildhall on April 16, 2018 in London, England. The UK this week hosts heads of state and government from the Commonwealth nations. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked leaders of all Commonwealth nations to remove laws criminalising same-sex relationships, The Cable reports.

May said this at the Commonwealth Head of Government Meetings in Westminster, where President Muhammadu Buhari is currently in attendance.

No one should face discrimination based on who they are or who they love, Theresa May said.

She added that she’s aware her country put these laws into place years ago, but they were wrong then, she said.

Across the world, discriminatory laws made many years ago, continue to affect the lives of many people  tens of millions of young people. Criminalising same-sex relations and failing to protect women and girls.

I am all too aware that these laws were put in place by my own country; they were wrong then and they are wrong now.

As the UK’s prime minister, I deeply regret that those laws were introduced…as a family, we must respect one another’s cultures and traditions, but we must do so in a manner consistent with equality, as it is clearly stated in the Commonwealth charter.

Nobody should face discrimination or persecution because of who they are or who they love and the UK stands ready to help any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible.

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill (SSMPA) into law in January 2014.

Photo Credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

11 Comments

  1. gbenga olaoye

    April 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Esu lo nlo

  2. edie

    April 17, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    if we ask them to stop prohibiting polygamy will they?

  3. zzzzzzzzz

    April 17, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    Abeg there are more serious issues than same sex laws

  4. ceetoo

    April 17, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    You will not ask for poverty laws and policies, anti human right laws, corruptions law to be removed… na same sex we go begin discuss now… among all our array of problems.

  5. nnenne

    April 17, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    What do Nigeria benefit from common wealth membership ?
    We don’t have free entrance to Uk anymore as member state,for instance.

    • Nat

      April 18, 2018 at 11:33 am

      Good question.

  6. Mimi festus

    April 17, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Dear Theresa May, you can be assured that same-sex Marriage is the least of Nigeria’s problem.

  7. Ashie

    April 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    lol @ nnenne you want free entrance to UK.
    trust me Nigeria will be empty.

    • nene+

      April 18, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Lol. With President being first to arrive in the UK.

  8. Dayo

    April 17, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    I do not get why people are conflating Ms. May’s call with anti-poverty, anti-human rights, etc, as if they are mutually-exclusive (and I would be shocked if the Commonwealth does not include human rights and poverty issues, even if not reported on BN). What is wrong is wrong, and the government has no business interfering in the bedroom of two consenting ADULTS.

    As for the dudes (because it has to be dudes) campaigning for polygamy, why not extend your campaign to POLYANDRY (one woman allowed to marry two or more husbands) and we can take you seriously.

  9. keke driver

    April 18, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Completely agree with you. It’s 2018!!!!! jeeez

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