Nigeria lawmakers vote for bill outlawing gay rights groups

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Nigeria’s House of Representatives today voted for legislation that would ban gay marriage and also outlaw the formation of groups advocating for LGBT civil rights.

Offenders could be sent to prison for more than a decade.

The measure still needs the signature of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Associated Press said it was unclear whether the president would sign the measure, which is opposed by both the United States and the United Kingdom. Passage could threaten HIV/AIDS funding from those countries.

The Nigerian Senate passed the bill in November 2011 and it only resurfaced in the House this week.

The measure would make it illegal to register gay clubs or organizations and makes the “public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly” a crime.

Nigeria has long outlawed consensual same-sex sex since British colonial rule.