By Jillian Page
Violence towards homosexuals has followed Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's signing
of an anti-gay bill into law.
What do Nigeria and Indiana have in common? Well, there are elements in each area of the world who oppose same-sex marriage, and are taking action against gay people.
First, in Nigeria on Wednesday, thousands of people reportedly threw stones at a courthouse, calling for prosecutors there to quickly convict some folks for being gay and execute them. This follows the signing of a draconian anti-gay law by the country’s leader, Goodluck Jonathan. Canada is among the countries condemning the legislation in Nigeria, which seems to be a hopeless case in the world community. I suppose the most the west can do, short of invading the country, is to boycott it completely by imposing economic sanctions, and yadda yadda yadda . . . The U.S. should be a leader in such a campaign, except that it hasn’t got its act together when it comes to equal rights for same-couple couples.
Witness action in Indiana today. According to Reuters
, “Indiana lawmakers on Wednesday took a step closer toward putting a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage before voters in November, potentially bucking a U.S. trend of states, courts and voters making gay nuptials legal.”
OK, so maybe it isn’t still in a literal Stoning Age like much of Nigeria, but it certainly seems to be in a figurative type of Stoning Age, yes? Such a mean-spirited thing to do by people who should know better . . .
While the Canadian government condemns countries like Nigeria for its anti-gay behaviour, we should also be speaking out against American states that oppress same-sex couples, too.