Benue State House of Assembly yesterday passed a bill to prohibit a marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of the same sex in the State. Cited as Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Law, 2018, the bill was passed after a Clause by Clause consideration in the Committee chaired by the Speaker, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange. According to the bill, a marriage contract or civil union entered into between persons of same sex shall not be solemnised in a Church, Mosque or any other place of worship in Benue State.
The Bill also prohibits the registration of gay clubs, societies and organisations, their sustenance, procession and meeting as well as a public show of same sex amorous relationship directly or indirectly. It also stipulates that any person who enters into a same-sex marriage contract or civil union commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 14 years imprisonment. Speaking after the third reading of the bill, Speaker, Mr Ikyange said same-sex union is alien to the culture and tradition of the State and as such needs to be prohibited.