*(Via CBS News) – Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday condemned a new Nigerian law that prohibits same-sex marriages and vastly restricts the rights of gay and lesbian citizens to even gather together.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan quietly signed the strict measure into law earlier this month, but the news first emerged Monday afternoon. The revelation drew a swift response from Kerry.
“Beyond even prohibiting same sex marriage, this law dangerously restricts freedom of assembly, association, and expression for all Nigerians,” Kerry said in a statement.
According to the law, anyone who enters into a same-sex marriage, civil union or domestic partnership could face up to 14 years in prison. Additionally, same-sex marriages legally performed in other countries would be considered void by the Nigerian government.
The law also restricts gay and lesbian citizens from meeting in public settings.
“Any person who registers, operates or participates in gay clubs, societies and organizations or directly or indirectly makes public show of same-sex amorous relationship in Nigeria commits an offence and shall each be liable on conviction to a term of 10 years in prison,” the law says.
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