As I said yesterday, these rights are the rules we live by -- violate them, and lose legitimacy.
Nigerian Legislation Threatens to Limit Rights of Sexual MinoritiesThe United States is concerned by reports of legislation in Nigeria that would restrict or prohibit citizens from assembling, organizing, holding events or rallies, and participating in ceremonies of religious union, based upon sexual orientation and gender identity. This proposed legislation has not been adopted.
The freedoms of speech, association, expression, assembly, and religion are long-standing international commitments and are universally recognized. Nigeria, as a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, has assumed important obligations on these matters. We expect the Government of Nigeria to act in a manner consistent with those obligations.
Thursday, March 09, 2006
US State Department has already weighed in
The following press release from the US State Department (2/1/2006), regarding the proposed anti-gay-marriage legislation (pdf) in Nigeria, has just come to my attention: