Benue as­sem­bly out­laws same sex mar­riage

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

The Benue State House of As­sem­bly has passed a bill that pro­hibits same sex mar­riage and pre­scribes a 14-year jail term for any per­son con­victed of the of­fence.

Speaker of the House, Terkimbi Ikyange, an­nounced re­solve of the mem­bers to out­law any mar­riage con­tract or civil union en­tered into be­tween per­sons of same sex in the state.

Ikyange said same sex union is alien to the cul­ture and tra­di­tion of the state and as such needs to be pro­hib­ited.

The bill known as Same Sex Mar­riage Pro­hi­bi­tion Law, 2018 was passed after a clause by clause con­sid­er­a­tion.

The bill also pro­hibits the reg­is­tra­tion of gay clubs, so­ci­eties and or­gan­i­sa­tions, their sus­te­nance, pro­ces­sion and meet­ing as well as pub­lic show of same sex amorous re­la­tion­ship di­rectly or in­di­rectly.

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