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Picture Of The Day (Still on The Anti-Gay Matter)



This is a notice hung on the door of a hotel room. 


This brings me to ask, are lesbians seen as less gay than homosexuals in general?
Anti-gay people, homophobes and people in general seem to think so and I don't understand this. The religious zealots, (most of whom become zealous only at the mention of the G word) continue to cry out that God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. So why is it more acceptable for me to French-kiss a lady, than it is for two men to make out? And yes, I know its a sexual turn on, for most men (including homophobes and religious zealots) still, that DOES NOT make it any different, or less of a crime (as per the recent Nigerian Anti-Gay law).

My views on the law is this? Am I in support of two members of the same sex getting married? No. Yet, I DO NOT think it warrants being made a crime. 
(Or maybe I'm just scared that our funny legislators would wake up one morning and make supporting gay rights a crime, and then I'll find myself being thrown behind bars with my hopes, dreams, and while Mr Hubby is still yet to find me. Somebody give him a map already! SMH)

Let me point out that I'm not trying to influence or change anyone's opinion. Neither am I trying to gain social acceptance. I only state how I feel about things and (try to) make my opinions clear. I ask questions when something isn't clear to me, if the answers I get aren't satisfactory then I reserve the right to differ.

Yes, for those who haven't seen the part of the Act, here it is. 
“A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex: (a) is prohibited in Nigeria; and (b) shall not be recognised as entitled to the benefits of a valid marriage.
“A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex by virtue of a certificate issued by a foreign country is void in Nigeria, and any benefit accruing there-from by virtue of the certificate shall not be enforced by any court of law.
“A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex shall not be sole nixed in a church, mosque or any other place of worship of Nigeria.
“No certificate issued to persons of same sex in a marriage or civil union shall be valid in Nigeria. Only a marriage contracted between a man and a woman shall be recognised as valid in Nigeria.
“The registration of gay clubs, societies and organisations, their sustenance, processions and meetings is prohibited.
“The public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly is prohibited.”
The Act also provides details of the sanctions awaiting the violators of the new law.
“A person who enters into a same sex marriage contract or civil union commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 14 years imprisonment.
“A person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organisations directly or indirectly makes public show of same sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.
“A person or group of persons who administers, witnesses, abets or aids the solemnisation of a same sex marriage or civil union or supports the registration, operation and sustenance of gay clubs, societies, organisations, processions or meetings in Nigeria commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 10 years imprisonment.
“The High Court of a State or of the Federal Capital Territory shall have jurisdiction to entertain matters raising from the breach of the provisions of this Act.”

Comments

  1. Yes, its true, people don't think lesbianism is so bad bad, and the Bible doesn't differentiate between the two. Thelma your mind is really wandering tonight. take it easy o!

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  2. babes, Nice one. i'm totally with you on this one. so much has been said bout this new law and I have tried so hard to stay silent. but I believe its my duty to voice my opinion because it harms not just those believed to be gay but humans in general (I am not gay). The provisions of the bill are soooo wide and unlimited that it has become an uphill task to even attach rational interpretations to it. I do not believe in any relationship between people of the same sex or the opinions of the western world that supports such relationship. STILL, I do not as well believe in the jungle justice that will be meted out to those who are gay. Two wrongs do not make a right. This law albeit it 'safeguarding' our culture should also take into consideration the negative actions that will be born out of this law. This law empowers the already irrational individual to pin point and harass anyone perceived as being gay (e.g two ladies or men that share an apartment and have no sexual relationship). The law should take into serious consideration a bill that protects humans (gay or otherwise) from the jungle justice that is being administered on individuals as a result of the shortfalls of this law. This bill in my opinion is something that everyone in my opinion should read in its entirety or have a legal interpretation done to grasp the full context of the loopholes of this law. You cannot even tell your girlfriend that you love her without being accused of being gay. Nonetheless murder, jungle justice is not the solution!!!
    I rest my case. To those irrational individuals, you can abuse me all you want. But pray that none of your loved ones fall victim to the mindless behavior based on sentimental interpretations of this law.

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  3. So two brothers, or father and son cannot stay in the same room. @ Nnenna's comment, what I really fear for is the jungle justice that is likely to follow with this kind of law.

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  4. Yeah right. Nigerians with their myopic views.

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  5. Some years back I used to see on some hotel room doors that two women aren't allowed in the same room. It was so annoying because sometimes my friends and I needed a place to stay after clubbing and these people made it so difficult for us. Smh.

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