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Nigeria death penalty homosexuality and christianity

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The country does not allow or recognise LGBT rights. There is no legal protection against discrimination in Nigeria —a largely conservative country of more than million people, [2] split between a mainly Muslim north and a largely Christian south.

Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Nigeria. The maximum punishment in the twelve northern states that have adopted Shari'a law is death by stoning. That law applies to all Muslims and to those who have voluntarily consented to application of the Shari'a courts. In southern Nigeria and under the secular criminal laws of northern Nigeria, the maximum punishment for same-sex sexual activity is 14 years' imprisonment.

The Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act criminalises all forms of same-sex unions and same-sex marriage throughout the country. According to Nigeria death penalty homosexuality and christianity Pew Global Attitudes Project97 percent [3] of Nigerian residents believe that homosexuality is a way of life that society should not accept, which was the second-highest rate of non-acceptance in the 45 countries surveyed.

Sex acts between men are illegal under the Criminal Code that applies to southern Nigeria and carry a maximum penalty of 14 years' imprisonment. Sex acts between women are not mentioned specifically in the code, although it is arguable that the gender-neutral term "person" in Section of the code includes women.

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Chapter 21 of Nigeria death penalty homosexuality and christianity code provides in pertinent part as follows: Any person who attempts to commit any of the offences defined in the last preceding section is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for seven years. The offender cannot be arrested without a warrant. Any male person who, whether in public or private, commits any act of gross indecency with another male person, or procures another male person to commit any act of gross indecency with him, or attempts to procure the commission of any such act by any male person with himself or with another male person, whether in public or private, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for three years.

Whoever has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to fourteen years and shall also be liable to fine. Section provides that a male person who dresses or is attired in the fashion of a woman in a public place or who practises Nigeria death penalty homosexuality and christianity as a means of livelihood or as a profession is a "vagabond".

Under Sectionthe punishment is a maximum of one year's imprisonment or a fine, or both. Section also provides that an "incorrigible vagabond" is "any person who after being convicted as a vagabond commits any of the offences which will render him liable to be convicted as such again".

Twelve northern states have adopted some form of Shari'a into their criminal statutes: The Shari'a criminal laws apply to those who voluntarily consent to the jurisdiction of the Shari'a courts and to all Muslims. In the states of Kaduna and Yobe, "sodomy" is committed by "[w]hoever has anal coitus with any man". In the states of Kano and Katsina, "sodomy" is committed by "[w]hoever has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man or woman through her rectum".

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In the states of Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Sokoto, and Zamfara, "sodomy" is committed by "[w]hoever has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man or woman". In the states of Gombe, Jigawa, Zamfara, and Kano, an unmarried person who commits the offence of sodomy shall be punished with " caning of one hundred lashes" and imprisonment for the length of one year.

If married, the punishment "Nigeria death penalty homosexuality and christianity" committing sodomy is execution by stoning rajm. In Kano, death by stoning also applies if one has previously been married.

In the state of Bauchi, a person who commits the offence of sodomy "shall be punished with stoning to death rajm or by any other means decided by the state". In the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, and Yobe, a person who commits the offence of sodomy "shall be punished with stoning to death rajm ". In the state of Sokoto, a person who commits the offence of sodomy shall be punished with stoning to death. If a minor commits the act on an adult, the minor faces "correctional punishment" and the adult faces punishment "by way of ta'azir which may extend to lashes".

In the states of Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara, lesbianism is committed by "[w]hoever, being a woman, engages another woman in carnal Nigeria death penalty homosexuality and christianity through her sexual organ or by means of stimulation or sexual excitement of one another.

In the states of Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe, Zamfara, and Bauchi, a person who commits the offence of lesbianism "shall be punished with caning which may extend to fifty lashes". Additionally, any persons convicted of committing lesbianism face imprisonment lasting up to six months, except for in Bauchi, where imprisonment may last up to five years.

In the state of Kaduna, the punishment for committing the offence of lesbianism is ta'azir, which means "any punishment not provided for by way of hadd or qisas".

In the states of Kano and Katsina, the punishment for committing the offence of lesbianism is stoning to death. In the state of Kaduna, a person commits an act of gross indecency "in public, exposure of nakedness in public and other related acts of similar nature capable of corrupting public morals". In the states of Kano and Nigeria death penalty homosexuality and christianity, a person commits an act of gross indency "by way of kissing in public, exposure of nakedness in public and other related acts of similar nature in order to corrupt public morals".

In the state of Gombe, a person commits an act of gross indecency by committing "any sexual offence against the normal or usual standards of behaviour".

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