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March 7, 2014

Activists call to scrap Nigeria's anti-gay law

LGBT rights supporters express solidarity with the country's gay community in global day of action.
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan's spokesman confirmed that he had signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act on Jan. 7, 2014, providing penalties of up to 14 years in jail for a gay marriage. (AP/SUNDAY ALAMBA) 

Opponents of Nigeria's anti-gay law are mobilising worldwide in solidarity with the country's LGBT community. The demonstrations come two months after the government passed a bill into law criminalising same-sex relationships. 

In a global day of action, netizens are using hashtag #IStandWith9jaLGBT Friday to support those affected by the law, which prohibits marriage between people of the same sex. Offenders face punishment of up to 14 years in prison. 

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