As Nigerians come to terms with the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill signed by President Goodluck Jonathan a few weeks ago, renowned gay and founder of House of Rainbow Church, a church that harbors homosexuals and lesbians, Reverend Jide Macaulay, has come out to say that with the new law, gays in the country might start committing suicide since they would be denied their rights and freedom.
“On January 7th, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Bill 2013 into law.
“The law bans same sex marriage, and through its wording, also seeks to criminalize people, organizations and agencies that support homosexuality and those who do not immediately report any known homosexuals, or homosexual activities.
“Since January12th, when the announcement was made, the LGBT-community has been thrown into panic. There is chaos throughout Nigeria as we are grappling with keeping up with mass arbitrary arrest, humiliation, blackmail, extortion and police corruption in several ‘charge and bail’ cases.
“The hostility in Nigeria against gay people has reached epic proportions. In the East of Nigeria, many are fleeing their homes. One gay man, labelled “a leader of the homosexual” is on the run. His parents and brother were threatened with arrest if they don’t provide information about his whereabouts.”