Gay marriage: here and there

Posted on May 31, 2013 by

First gay couple wed in France amid tight security (Credit BBC)

Russia reacts to France gay marriage law

Pavel Astakhov said Thursday that an agreement between Moscow and Paris on adopting Russian children needs to be reconsidered since France’s approval of the same-sex marriage law is in direct contradiction to Russian legislation. In April, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said the country was capable of changing its adoption agreements with countries that legalize gay marriage, which is against “traditional Russian values.”

Nigeria lawmakers pass bill banning gay marriage, setting prison sentences of up to 14 years

Nigeria’s House of Representatives voted Thursday to ban gay marriage and outlaw any groups actively supporting gay rights, endorsing a measure that also calls for 10-year prison sentences for any “public show” of affection by a same-sex couple. Representatives appeared to unanimously approve the proposal in a voice vote, sending it immediately to President Goodluck Jonathan for him to potentially sign into law in Africa’s most populous nation. It wasn’t immediately clear if Jonathan would sign the measure, though gays and lesbians already face public ridicule and possible prison sentences in Nigeria. While Western diplomats declined to immediately comment, the United Kingdom already has threatened to stop aid to nations that discriminate against gays. But those threats appear unlikely to assuage the desire of Nigerian authorities to further criminalize homosexuality, part of a wave of such laws in African nations eager to legislate against what they believe is a challenge of their traditional values by the West.

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