Nigeria poised to pass anti-gay bill

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U.S Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human rights and Labour Michael H. Posner, speaks to journalists during a news conference at the U.S consulate in Lagos, Nigeria, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Posner says there is little the US or other foreign governments can do to stop the passage a bill that criminalizes gay marriage, gay advocacy groups and same-sex public displays of affection in Africa’s most populous nation. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

LAGOS, Nigeria— A top U.S. human rights official says he has not discussed with Nigerian lawmakers an anti-gay bill poised to pass Parliament.

Michael H. Posner, the Assistant of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, declined to comment directly on the pending legislation during a press conference at the U.S. consulate in Lagos on Friday.

But, he says human rights issues must be addressed within societies and “it is very difficult, if not impossible, for (foreign) governments to force that change.”

The Parliament of Africa’s most populous nation is expected to formally pass the bill criminalizing gay marriage, gay advocacy groups and same-sex public displays. It must then be signed the president, though it was not clear when that might happen.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ulpiano-Jotojot/100002633802776 Ulpiano Jotojot

    Pinaka marami ang Bakla at mga Lesbian sa Pinas. Lahat na TV programs,Live shows,Concerts at mga Social Programmings di kompleto kung walang mga Bakla at mga Lesbians.Marami mga politiko at mga taga simbahan na mga bakla. Sa totoo lang mababawasan ang PEDOPHILIA at HOMOSEXUAL crimes kung ma crimininalize na ang Kabaklaan at Lesbianism. Go…Go…!

    • ever green

      not gonna happen….marami masyado beckies sa congress…

      • spider69

        I will believe you if you name some. at least two or three.

    • Palparan

      Dumadami ang mga bakla kahit di sila nanganganak. Dahil sa mga palabas lalo na sa ABS-CBN, naiimpluwensyahan ang mga bata. Sobrang sama talaga ng mga bakla… Mas masahol pa sila sa mga hayop

  • poltergeist_fuhrer

    maganda ito para maubos na ang mga bakla…

    before 1970, homosexuality was categorized as mental disorder by psychiatrists and psychologists…

    • spider69

      say that to papa Piolo.

    • Palparan

      Tumpak ka dyan!

  • altair22

    Criminalizing homosexuality is unfair to gays and lesbians.  I believe that being a homo is not a matter of choice.  Homosexuality is an inborn thing.  Unless science can find a way to ensure that an unborn baby has no homosexual “genes” (if genes is the culprit) and correct it if it does, then homosexuality should be accepted as an act of Nature, not a matter of choice.  Crimes such as stealing or killing are largely a matter of choice.

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      WRONG..it is a choice…meron ka na bang narinig na doctor na nagsabi after ng panganak, “congratulations misis ang anak mo baklang bakla na”

      and science is not saying it is inborn…you are just making excuses…

  • geminimind

    There are over  60 million people who have contracted the HIV/aids disease and over 30 million have died ever since the beginning of this infectious sexual disease.One hundred thousand people die each year world wide(World statistic)and millions more are infected as young as fifteen.It continously spreadding through out Europe and Asia.Criminalizing homosexuality is just one of the choices to curtail the spread out of such contageous disease.Homosexuality plus drugs equals death in reality.

  • Palparan

    Kamatayan sa mga bakla!

    Sana mamatay na si Abnoy!

  • EdgarEdgar

    Sayang. Our gay president Noynoy has always wanted to visit Nigeria but never found the time nor the right company for it. Being gay and all, Noynoy has been yearning to get a taste of exotic Nigerian homosexual hospitality. Folk tradition has it that gay Africans especially in the oil-rich regions use their light sweet crude as lubricants to facilitate backdoor entry. Noynoy would have surely enjoyed the Nigerian backdoor diplomacy just as he enjoyed the backdoor talks with China. After delaying gratification all these years, Noynoy will be very heartbroken to find out about this this anti-gay measure in Nigeria. If it’s any consolation, Noynoy can always hook up with the Malaysian sodomist Anwar Ibrahim who might also be able to give our gay president a hand in hunting and extraditing the Aman fugitive Mr. Amalilio. If all else fails, Noynoy can always return to his boy toy Sonny Trillanes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I4H2WMHPSR6JGHOTMDLUA6QYHU Observer18

    What’s all these bigoted comments about gays and lesbians? What a shame for all these people showing their hatred, prejudice and intolerance! It’s the 21st century, grow up, and deal with your unresolved issues. Someone said “If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered” and “The only queer people are those who incite hate”.

    • blainz

      “The only queer people are those who incite hate”.

      Very close to the truth, if we limit “queer” to homo- and bisexuals living in self-denial.

      I’ll repost a comment I made last week in a different thread.

      ************************

      What’s the real psychological basis of all these gay bashing?

      1996 University of Georgia experiment proves homophobes are closeted gays:

      www_youtube_com/watch?v=ij8q6OOIyXU

      Here’s the abstract from the peer-reviewed study:

      www_ncbi_nlm_nih_gov/pubmed/8772014

      Here’s the full article:

      www_psychologytoday_com/files/u47/Henry_et_al.pdf

      The study concludes as follows: “The results of this study indicate that individuals who score in the homophobic range and admit negative affect toward homosexuality demonstrate significant sexual arousal to male homosexual erotic stimuli”

      Before anyone goes into denial, here’s the last sentence of the abstract:

      “Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.”

  • blainz

    Let’s see which countries have legalized same-sex marriage:

    Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands…

    Let’s see the countries that have criminalized homosexuality:

    Nigeria, Sudan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia…

    If you’re going to choose a country to live in, from which group would you choose? Now think of the relationship between a country’s development and its recognition of civil rights.

    • poltergeist_fuhrer

      and the number 1 spreader of HIV are these European countries….

      sa pinas , NUMERO UNI NAGHAHASIK NG LAGIM/HIV AY ANG MGA BAKLA AT TOMBOY

      • blainz

        Wrong on both counts.

        Africa has the most widespread prevalence of HIV, not surprising since the Catholic Church there has more successfully demonized the use of condoms there than here.

        Heterosexual HIV transmission is ALWAYS larger than homosexual transmission and drug use transmission combined. This is true for just about any country I could find data for.

      • poltergeist_fuhrer

        wrong again…HIV in africa spread through the parents, as they gave birth…hence, kids are affected…

        but in european countries, ang mga bakla ang naghahasik ng HIV…

        and i thought, europeans do no longer adhere to catholic teachings, hence, persistent in using condoms…but despite that fact, bakit hindi pa rin mapigil ang pagdami ng HIV…

        blaming again the catholic…??/what a lame excuse…ur mind must be stupid…as if every second, na nagsisiping ang mga bakla andun ang katolikong simbahan…at kung magka HIV, meron na simbahan na sisisihin…

      • Palparan

        Death to all gays!

        They are an abomination to society!

  • xrisp

    Gays & lesbians are humans and they deserve human respect. It is the immoral acts that should be condemned.  And thank God for there is still a country like Nigeria standing its ground against the dictates of the tempter.

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