The Senate yesterday unanimously passed a harmonised Conference Committee report banning same s3x marriage in Nigeria, a development that defies stiff western opposition to the ban.
Again, the Senate President, David Mark called on President Goodluck Jonathan to quickly sign the Bill into law.
Mark said: “We have been under series of attack from different quarters. I think we believe in this Bill. The earlier we sign it into law, the better. We (Nigerians) have many shortcomings, we don’t want to add this one (same s3x marriage) to it.”
Recall that the Same S3x Bill, 2011 was passed by the Senate on Tuesday 29, November, 2011 and the House of Representatives on Tuesday 2, July 2013. However, some differences were noticed in the two versions of the Bill, as passed by the two Chambers. Consequently, a Conference Committee was constituted in the Senate on Tuesday 9 July 2013 to reconcile the areas of differences, which appeared essentially in five clauses of the Bill.
In detail, the Bill passed by the Senate provides:
– A marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same s3x by virtue a certificate issued by a foreign country shall be void in Nigeria.
– Marriage or civil union entered into between persons of same s3x shall not be solemnized in any place of worship either Church or Mosque or any other place whatsoever called in Nigeria.