A Step Back

Nigeria Passes Harsh Anti-Gay Law

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed a new anti-gay bill into law Monday, strengthening the country’s crackdown against homosexuals. The new legislation criminalizes same-sex “amorous relationships” and membership in gay-rights groups. People who “enter into a same-sex marriage or civil unions” are liable to be punished by as much as 14 years in jail. While sub-Saharan Africa tends to hold strongly anti-gay attitudes, the West's threats to cut aid have curtailed anti-gay legislation in Uganda and Malawi. However, Nigeria’s $2-million-barrel-per-day-oil output had made the country immune to such external pressure.