On November 29, 2011, the Nigeria Senate passed a bill that criminalized same-sex marriage. The bill also placed potential criminal penalties on individuals who assist a same-sex couple in marrying. Those who participate in a same-sex marriage could be sentenced to up to three years in prison each, and anyone caught assisting them could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. Nigeria is only one of many countries with negative reactions to gays and lesbians; homosexuality is illegal in 36 countries in Africa.
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