An excellent essay in which Chimananda Ngozi Adichie joins other high profile Nigerians in condemning the Same Sex Marriage Bill and extended criminalization of homosexuality. The law has led to vicious and humiliating attacks on men ‘suspected’ of being gay, in the nations capital, and elsewhere. Instead of protecting the men from the mob, the police have joined in the violence.
The government and religious leaders, the self-righteous lawmakers and pious preachers watch in silence as people are chained and beaten. The visceral hatred expressed by the mob, the state and religious institutions, even from afar is palpable and one imagines death will soon be registered. Adichie rightly condemns the law as unconstitutional, ambiguous, a strange priority and above all else, unjust – a refusal of a fact of existence Adichie’s essay appeals to the humanity and humility of the haters rather than a focus on the politics of the Bill. Nonetheless, it is a strong piece and one hopes other Nigerians will begin to express their disgust at this law.
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