What Do Nigeria And Indiana Have In Common?

What Do Nigeria And Indiana Have In Common?

Published on Thu, Jan 23 2014 by Web Master
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.
 
Via The Gazette | Image via The Independent

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