The Benue House of Assembly on Wednesday passed a Bill to outlaw marriage contract between persons of the same sex in the state, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
Cited as Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law, 2018, the bill was passed at plenary after a clause by clause consideration by the Committee of the whole presided over by the Speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange.
According to the bill, “a marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex shall not be solemnised in a church, mosque or any other place of worship in Benue.’’
The bill also prohibited the registration or recognition of gay clubs, societies and organisations, their sustenance, procession and meeting as well as a public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly.
According to the law, any person who entered into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 14 years’ imprisonment.
Speaking after the third reading of the bill, the Speaker stated that same-sex union was alien to the culture and tradition of the State and had to be prohibited.