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Nigerian leader signs law banning same-sex marriage

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 13, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

ABUJA, Nigeria — Nigeria's president has signed a law that bans same-sex marriage and criminalizes homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on Monday that was signed by President Goodluck Jonathan and dated last Tuesday.

It was unclear why the law's passage has been shrouded in secrecy. The copy obtained from the House of Representatives in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, showed it was signed by those lawmakers and senators Dec. 17, though no announcement was made.

It is now a crime to have a meeting of gays, or to operate or go to a gay club, society or organization.

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