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3 nations crack down on same-sex couples

Asst. Supt. of Police Anjuguri Manzah said of Nigeria police: "We acted based on the provisions of the Same-Sex Prohibition Act signed into law in 2013. We received an intelligence report and acted fast by moving to the venue of the event to stop it.” (Photo courtesy of Punch Nigeria)
Asst. Supt. Anjuguri Manzah said of Nigerian police: “We acted based on the provisions of the Same-Sex Prohibition Act signed into law in 2013.
We received an intelligence report and acted fast by moving to the venue of the event to stop it.” (Photo courtesy of Punch Nigeria)

In Nigeria, police broke up an alleged same-sex wedding and arrested the participants. Under a 2013 law, same-sex marriages are illegal in Nigeria, not just unrecognized.

In Lithuania, which is considering adopting a Russia-style ban on “gay propaganda,” the Interior Ministry refused to grant the husband of a Lithuanian man a temporary residency permit after the couple was married in the Netherlands.

Four men in Saudi Arabia were arrested in a raid on their home after the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice received tips that the men were living as “married couples.”

This article includes information from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recaps of the world’s LGBTI-related news of Jan. 22 / Feb. 9.

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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