Niger Proposes Death Penalty For Same-Sex Marriage

76 Crimes reports:

The president of the West African nation of Niger is laying the groundwork for enacting harsh anti-homosexuality laws in his country, where same-sex intimacy is currently legal. He proposes the death penalty for people in same-sex marriages. Mohamed Bazoum, president of Niger, is preparing for a newly established committee of experts to develop the new anti-homosexuality laws.

Speaking on the public radio station La Voie du Sahel this week, Bazoum said: “Anyone who has feelings of love for someone of his own sex will be subject to an offense, to punish this deviance. For example, kissing another man when you are a man or kissing a woman when you are a woman will be punished. This will also be the case for caresses or other signs of affection. In addition, marrying someone of one’s own sex will now be considered a crime, which implies penalties that can range from 10 years of criminal imprisonment to life imprisonment or the death penalty.”

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According to Bazoum, officiants of same-sex ceremonies will face “similar penalties” as its participants.

Niger, population 25 million, is almost entirely Muslim and became independent from France in 1960, having never criminalized homosexuality.

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