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U. S. -based Nigerians, many of whom voted for President Barack Obama, are rising in stout defence of the recently-passed bill banning same-sex marriage.  They criticised the U. S.  President for being partisan on the issue in anticipation of next year?s US presidential elections.

President Obama had, during the week, issued an executive order directing US government agencies to engage in diplomatic fight with foreign nations that make laws criminalising man-lover conduct, relationship and same sex marriage, an action the Nigerian Senate took only weeks ago.

Specifically, the Nigerian-Americans are concerned that, while President Obama and the US government are opposing the same-sex ban in Nigeria, the majority of states in the US are yet to recognise same sex marriage and the US federal government itself still has a law, the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) passed under the George W.  Bush administration, which stipulates that marriage is between man and woman.

?When you consider the issue of same sex marriage in the US, it is not as if all the states recognise it even though they may not criminalise it as Nigeria has proposed,? according to Kayode Oladele, a Detroit-based Human Rights Attorney observed.

Oladele, who has presented arguments before the US Supreme Court, added that, of the 50 US states, only six recognised same sex marriage.

He disclosed that a review of the US law books revealed that ?there are 50 states in the U. S, a strong federal system, out of which only about six, namely, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont, plus Washington, D. C.  currently grant same sex marriage licences. ?, Read more  hxxp: naijachronicle. com


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