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August 14, 2018

Britain Prime Minister appeals to Buhari, others to legalize same-sex marriage

Theresa May told Buhari to approve same-sex marriage
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British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appealed to president Muhammudu Buhari and other leaders within the Commonwealth nation to legalize same-sex marriage in their countries.

At the first joint forum at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Westminster last week, the prime minister said there should be no laws criminalising same-sex relationships across the Commonwealth.

May said she understood that most of the laws against same-sex marriage in the Commonwealth nations were made by the UK, arguing that “those laws were wrong then, and are wrong now.”

In swift reactions, some leading Nigerian religious leaders rejected the call for same-sex marriage.

The Primate, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, who was bitter with May’s call, said Nigeria should pull out of the Commonwealth.

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, who spoke to The Guardian on phone from Rome, said: “In my church, we condemn same-sex marriage. The National Assembly has clearly taken a position that is very much in line with that. It is also against our culture, which considers it as an abomination.

“Theresa May can say whatever she likes, but I hope that our own leaders know what is good for our people. I think she should also think of releasing the looted funds in their banks if she really wants to help us. The era of imperialism is over. I don’t know whether the Commonwealth has now become a legislative assembly. It is not a place where you legislate for everybody. We should let her know that we do not want it.”



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