[Article about Nigeria criminalizing gay people living together and anyone aiding them.]
Church groups spoke in favour of the bill, saying that gay marriage risked "tearing the fabric of society".
"In the Bible it says homosexuals are criminals," Pius Akubo of the Daughters of Sarah church told lawmakers.
Rev Patrick Alumake told the National Assembly the top leadership of the Catholic church in Nigeria supported the bill wholeheartedly.
"There are wild, weird, ways of life that are affecting our own culture very negatively, we have people who either by way of the media or travelling around the world have allowed new ideas which are harmful to our nation and our belief," he said.
Children wearing T-shirts that said "Same sex marriage is un-natural and un-African", and "same sex marriage is an abomination" stood in the aisles of the committee room.
Ekaette Ettang, of the Daughters of Sarah church who provided the T-shirts, denied they were inciting hatred against homosexuals.
"We don't hate gay people, but this is the public's opinion and we have the right to speak," she said.
Pius Akubo, Rev Patrick Alumake, Ekaette Ettang, BBC News 52 Comments
[3/12/2009 8:09:47 AM]
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