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The Nation: A different view on gay marriage

January 31, 2014 — 

Graduate student Arthur Anyaduba in the department of  English, Film and Theatre, penned an long response on Nigeria’s stance on gay marriage for The Nation, a Nigerian national newspaper.

It begins:

Sir, President Jonathan’s recent signing of the law making gay marriage illegal in Nigeria and the general glee that greeted this unconscionable legislation are as sad as they are an expression of a nation’s lack of defining character and values. Apart from an unfounded fear that gay practice will signal a decline in procreation, the defenders of the legislation against gay marriage have touted arguments on a practice that they feel is immoral, bestial and unnatural. They go even further to label gay practice a Western culture that must never be permitted in Nigeria. On this subject, old political and religious enemies have united and the inefficient government of Goodluck Jonathan has succeeded in throwing an uncouth red herring to divert attention away from its corrupt and incompetent handling of the country’s resources. This is a country which has remained silent over the legislation of child marriage, yet it finds it ethically unjustifiable to have homosexual people realize their own sexual fulfillment.

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