Muslims are accused of gay U-turn
Jamie Doward, home affairs editor
Sunday April 23, 2006
Britain's most powerful Muslim organisation was accused last night of a making a stunning U-turn on a commitment to tackle homophobia. Just days after the Muslim Council of Britain signalled it was planning to sign up to a five-year plan to reach out to Britain's gay community, senior members of the organisation have ripped up the strategy.
Mohammed Aziz, its policy adviser, had been quoted as saying he believed the organisation would take great steps in the coming months to shed its homophobic image. The plan was discussed at the government's Equality and Diversity Forum in January and debated by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Equalities.
'We have brought about a lot of change from five years ago when the MCB was behind issues such as section 28, and against gay adoption,' Aziz is reported to have said. 'The first part of the strategy was to tell the MCB "if you have nothing positive to say, keep your mouth shut". Most of the negative statements now date back to 1999.'
A BILL FOR AN ACT TO MAKE PROVISIONS FOR THE PROHIBITION OF SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PERSONS OF THE SAME SEX, CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE BY THEM AND FOR OTHER MATTERS CONNECTED THEREWITH
BE IT ENACTED by the National Assembly of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria as follows-
7. Prohibition of Registration of Gay Clubs and Societies and
Publicity of same sex sexual relationship
(1) Registration of Gay Clubs, Societies and organizations by whatever name they are called in institutions from Secondary to the tertiary level or other institutions in particular and, in Nigeria generally, by government agencies is hereby prohibited.
(2) Publicity, procession and public show of same sex amorous relationship through the electronic or print media physically, directly, indirectly or otherwise are prohibited in Nigeria.
(3) Any person who is involved in the registration of gay clubs, societies and organizations, sustenance, procession or meetings, publicity and public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly in public and in private is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a term of 5 years imprisonment.
8. Offences and Penalties.
(1) Any person goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a term of 5 years imprisonment. (2) Any person performs, witnesses, aids or abets the ceremony of same sex marriage is guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a term of 5 years imprisonment.
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