Deep Concern with Nigeria's Enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act
WASHINGTON, January 14, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Press Statement
Secretary of State
January 13, 2014
The United States is deeply concerned by Nigeria's enactment of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act.
Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians.
Moreover, it is inconsistent with Nigeria's international legal obligations and undermines the democratic reforms and human rights protections enshrined in its 1999 Constitution.
People everywhere deserve to live in freedom and equality. No one should face violence or discrimination for who they are or who they love.
We join with those in Nigeria who appeal for the protection of their fellow citizens' fundamental freedoms and universal human rights.