Theresa May demands end to laws against same-sex marriages in Nigeria, others

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (L) poses with Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (R) on the step of 10 Downing Street in London on April 16, 2018 ahead of a meeting on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). / AFP PHOTO / Ben STANSALL

Prime minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May has advocated that same-sex marriages be legalised in Nigeria and all other countries within the Commonwealth.

She made the call on Tuesday while addressing leaders at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting holding in London.

Nigeria is one of the Commonwealth nations that have promulgated laws against same-sex marriage. Newsworth recalls that President Goodluck Jonathan had signed the anti-same sex bill into law in 2014. The law attracted condemnation from the United States and some other Western countries.

Apparently referring to Nigeria and other countries, which had made laws prohibiting marriage to a person of the same sex, May pledged her country’s support for any country that would revoke the law.

The Prime Minister said three countries that had earlier made such laws recently revoked them and advised others to emulate them.

She said no one should make any law persecuting or discriminating against another person on account of who the person chooses to love.

May recalled that the last Commonwealth meeting resolved to float an organisation that would promote the interest of gays, lesbians and transgenders.

She said, “Recent years have brought welcome progress. The three nations that have most recently decriminalised same-sex relationships are all Commonwealth members, and since the heads of government last met, the Commonwealth has agreed to accredit its first organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

“Yet there remains much to do. Nobody should face persecution or discrimination because of who they are or who they love. And the UK stands ready to support any Commonwealth member wanting to reform outdated legislation that makes such discrimination possible, because the world has changed. When, in 1953, the newly-crowned Queen Elizabeth set off on a tour of the Commonwealth, she travelled by air, sea and land on a journey that took more than five months.

“Today, many members of the Youth Forum have only ever known a time in which they can instantly converse with one another regardless of where in the world they live.

“Unlike previous generations, today’s young people don’t need an organisation like the Commonwealth to connect them. They can build their own bridges, forge their own links, mastermind and run their own campaigns.

“If the Commonwealth is to endure in such a world, we must demonstrate our relevance and purpose anew. We must show what the Commonwealth is capable of and this summit can be the moment where that change begins to happen.”

May also stated that her country was investing £44m for improving the abilities of member-nations to independently curb any menace of natural disasters in their countries.

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